Army demining course underway


A TOTAL of 188 trainees, drawn from the ranks of officers, non-commissioned officers and enlisted soldiers of the Engineering Command at Tram Khnar Army Base in Takeo province, participated in a short demining course.

Kong Pak, deputy chief of staff and deputy head of the engineering command, said the course would run from August 8-26.

The lessons include general demining skills and the use of Ciea D1 mine detectors, along with psychological education and primary medical skills.

Khem Chea Sakhoeun, the army chief of staff, said the course aims to improve the soldiers’ knowledge, efficiency and safety in the implementation of demining operations, make all soldiers aware of the use of all types of mine detectors, and increase their awareness of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and explosive remnants of war (ERW).

Although Cambodia had been liberated from the Pol Pot genocidal regime in 1979, the war did not stop until 1998, when the win-win policy of Prime Minister Hun Sen ended hostilities and brought about comprehensive peace.

Despite this, he said many remnants of the decades of conflict remain, noting that the demining sector of the armed forces was established in 1992. — The Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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