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Efforts to clear bombs, mines get int'l support

Update: March, 28/2013 - 11:39
Quang Tri Province's mobile mine and bomb disarming force at work in Khe Sanh Town, Huong Hoa District. It will take Viet Nam about 300 years to completely clear the threats currently posed by the aftermath of the war. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau

HA NOI (VNS)— Two international organisations have pledged to continue helping implement Viet Nam's national action plan on clearing unexploded ordnance left over from the American War from now until 2015.

A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed yesterday by the Vietnamese State committee responsible for dealing with the aftermath of the war.

The two foreign partners are the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining and the US-based International Centre – Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation.

The two centres committed to continue work on surveying areas for ordnance and disarming bombs, mines and unexploded ordnance to ensure these weapons did not pose a threat to people.

They will also help build a set of regulations on clearing bombs, mines and unexploded ordnance in line with international standards.

Additionally, Viet Nam will get assistance for projects on supporting victims of bombs and mines.

An estimated 15 million tonnes of bombs, mines and explosives were used during the American War in Viet Nam.

At the current pace of detecting and defusing unexploded ordinance, it would take Viet Nam about 300 years to completely clear the threats currently posed by the aftermath of the war, according to experts. — VNS


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