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ASEAN seeking solution to post-war unexploded bombs

Update: October, 30/2015 - 09:18
Soldiers dismantle a bomb in Central Quang Ngai Province. Viet Nam was suffering from the severe consequences of post-war unexploded ordnances. — Photo

THUA THIEN-HUE (VNS) — An expert working group's third conference on humanitarian mine action within the framework of the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM+) was held in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue yesterday.

The event, organised by the Institute for International Relations under the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence, drew representatives from 18 ADMM+ member countries and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Regarding unexploded ordnances (UXOs) and water contamination, the conference implemented ADMM+ experts' plans on humanitarian mine action and sought ways to boost co-operation among ADMM+ member countries in the field.

Speaking at the conference, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, also the deputy minister of National Defence, emphasised that like other countries in the Asia-Pacific, Viet Nam was suffering from the severe consequences of post-war UXOs.

Although the war ended long ago, its aftermath continue to affect the country's security, civilians' lives and the country's socio-economic development, especially in the central region.

The Government approved a national plan on tackling post-war bombs, mines and unexploded ordnances, Programme 504. Its goal is to use national and international resources to minimise the effects of UXOs on social-economic development, defence and security while ensuring safety and helping victims reintegrate into society.

Participants also discussed ways to rid seas of ordnance contamination.

The Vietnamese delegation spoke about constructing a regional centre to train workers in UXO removal.

An exhibition of products, technology and equipment used to detect and remove bombs and mines, and a demonstration of clearing UXOs beneath water will be held on the sidelines of the conference, which will finish today. — VNS

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