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PM gives nod to Mine Action Partnership Group

Update: March, 17/2016 - 09:00
The MAPG aims to call donors and international sponsors to effectively implement the programme, also known as Programme 504. — File Photo

HÀ NỘI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, head of the State Steering Committee for the National Mine Action Programme, has agreed to establish the Mine Action Partnership Group (MAPG).

The MAPG aims to call donors and international sponsors to effectively implement the programme, also known as Programme 504.

The MAGP also aims to bolster mutual understanding on policies, plans and measures to implement the programme, ease the impacts of bomb and mine pollution on Việt Nam’s socio-economic development, and team up with domestic and international organisations to deal with the aftermath of bombs and mines left over from the war.

More than 800,000 tonnes of unexploded bombs and mines are buried across 21 per cent of the country, mainly in the central provinces of Nghệ An, Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị, and Thừa Thiên-Huế, in addition to Quảng Ngãi.

Wartime bombs and mines have killed about 42,130 people and injured others 62,160, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs. — VNS

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