Germany and Cambodia sign Agreement on Increase for Humanitarian Demining for 2010

Bild vergrößern On 19 October 2010, H.E. Mr. Heng Ratana, Advisor to the Prime Minister and Director General of Cambodian Mine Action Center, and H.E. Dr. Wolfgang Moser, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany, signed a further Agreement on “Humanitarian Demining in Oddar Meanchey and Siem Reap Provinces” to increase the German financial support to humanitarian demining in the Kingdom of Cambodia for 2010 to the amount of Euro 1,066,600.00.

The demining project in Oddar Meanchey and Siem Reap Provinces will continue to be executed by CMAC Demining Unit 6 (DU 6) which has been fully sponsored by Germany since 1999. In terms of qualification, security and output DU6 is considered to be among the best demining units in Cambodia. The supplementary funds will be used to purchase necessary material and equipment for DU 6.

Germany is a party to the United Nations Convention on certain Conventional Weapons, the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (Ottawa Convention) and the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and is campaigning strongly for these Conventions to be implemented and become universal in scope. In line with its legally binding commitments, the German Government supports mine and ordnance clearance activities around the world.

Together with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, from the mid-1990s onwards the German Government pushed hard for a ban on anti-personnel mines and played a leading role in the drafting and implementation of the so-called Ottawa Convention. The Oslo Process on Cluster Munitions initiated by Norway outside the UN context in February 2007 drafted the Convention on Cluster Munitions that was signed by 94 countries (including Germany) in Oslo on 3 December 2008 and has entered into force on 1st August 2010.

Besides participating in these campaigns, the German Government has allocated large sums for humanitarian mine and unexploded ordnance clearance for many years. Since 1992 it has provided some 200 million Euro for such projects in 42 different countries. In 2010 alone the Federal Foreign Office has spent 16.3 million Euro on clearance projects in 20 countries, making a major contribution to eliminating the problem.