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Group vows effort to tackle impact of unexploded bombs

Update: November, 12/2015 - 10:19
Soldiers disarm a bomb in central Quang Tri Province. The Viet Nam Bomb and Mine Action Support Association (VBMASA) vows to exert all efforts to minimise impacts of post-war unexploded ordnances (UXOs). — Photo vov.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Bomb and Mine Action Support Association (VBMASA) vows to exert all efforts to minimise impacts of post-war unexploded ordnances (UXOs), its chairman said at an event marking its first founding anniversary in Ha Noi yesterday.

VBMASA Chairman Lt. Gen. Nguyen Duc Soat, former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army, said the association has effectively supported the State's Steering Committee on National post-war Mine Action Programme.

The association has established its 2015 to 2020 action programme, and co-ordinated with the people's committees of Ha Giang, Quang Tri, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh provinces to assist victims of post-war mine and bomb accidents.

It has so far admitted 501 individuals and 25 organisations. It has seven branches and plans to set up five more in coming year.

In the next five years, the association mapped out the target to attract more individuals and social organsations that voluntarily contribute in resolving the aftermath of the post-war bombs and mines in the country.

VN-US co-operation

The US's Golden West Humanitarian Foundation and the Viet Nam National Mine Action Centre (VN MAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance their cooperation in resolving the aftermath of the post-war bombs and mines in Viet Nam.

Director of VNMAC, Tran Hong Minh and Chief Executive Officer at Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, Allan Vosburgh attended the event held in Ha Noi early this week.

According to the Memorandum, Golden West pledged to assist VNMAC in training human resources, aimed at improving the skill of Vietnamese staff who have participated in disarming the post-war mines and explosives and management capacity of mine-disarmament team leaders.

Golden West also supported VNMAC as a technical consultant via supplying advanced equipment and techniques.

Advanced techniques will be transferred to Vietnamese workers from Golden West senior officials.

Tran Hong Minh thanked and valued the Golden West's support and close co-operation in tackling the impact of bombs and mines in the country.

The help always has a huminatarian significance, he said, as it hastens the process of disarming post-war mines and explosives.

Golden West activities will contribute in enhancing quality and safety of mine detector research and manufacturing.

On behalf of Golden West, Allan Vosburgh said the organization will continue assisting VNMAC in training human resources and supplying advanced mine detectors. It also hopes to support the Vietnamese navy to improve their capacity in underwater mine and explosive detection.— VNS

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