Wednesday, 21.5.2008: Mine Clearing Rate Will Decline in 2008

Posted on 21 May 2008. Filed under: Week 561 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 561

“A Senior Official of the Cambodian Mine Action Center [CMAC] said that in 2008 the mine clearing rate will decline because this year mine clearing officials are required to learn additional skills.

“CMAC general director Mr. Khem Sophoan said, ‘During this time, the mine clearing rate of landmines in 2008 will decline, because now some of our mine clearing staff have been withdrawn to learn more skills. Nowadays, there are 205 mine clearing staff of the CMAC who are being trained, and after they have finished their training course, we will send 205 more staff members until we have 600 of our staff trained according to the goal set.’

“Mr. Khem Sophoan continued that the training takes three months.

“In 2007, CMAC cleared 27 million square meters of landmines. In 2008, the landmine clearance will decline, because CMAC staff are busy with training.

According to the CMAC report, in the period of four months in 2008, the CMAC cleared 9,184,303 square meters of landmines and 1,115,580 square meters of fields with unexploded ordnance. The CMAC has also put up 1,690,454 mine danger signs, reduced landmine danger zone size by 24,432 hectares, and found a new areas of 18,583 hectares with landmines, 9,981 anti-personnel mines, 189 anti-tank mines, 36,295 unexploded ordnances, 49 hand-made mines, and 3,111 kilogram of bullets.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1646, 21.5.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 21 May 2008


Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #104, 21.5.2008

  • [Human Rights Party president] Mr. Kem Sokha Criticized Ratanakiri Authorities That Used Dictatorial Means to Prevent Citizens to Hold Non-Violent Demonstration against Forest Destruction


Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #69, 21-27.5.2008

  • Prime Minister: Three Opposition Parties [the Sam Rainsy Party, the Human Rights Party, and the Norodom Ranariddh Party] Will Get 25% of the Votes and the Cambodian People’s Party Will Get the Rest
  • [By 20 May 2008] The National Election Committee Has Recognized Ten Parties, Rejected one Party [the Sangkum Khmer Niyum, because it did not complete the documents required correctly], and Asked Another Party [the Khmer Democratic Party] to Reorganize its Documents
  • The US Provided US$2 Million for Setting Up Information Boards at All Provincial and Municipal Courts


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1646, 21.5.2008

  • Mine Clearing Rate Will Decline in 2008
  • The Earthquake Makes China to Lose US$9,500 Million [while number of deaths reaches 71,000]
  • Burma Opens Its Door to Accept Aid from Neighboring Countries in Asia [it will allow neighboring
    countries to go to see the destroyed areas and to check the distribution of foreign aid to victims]


Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #581, 21.5.2008

  • If All Democratic Parties Unite, Those Who Steals from the Nation Will No Longer Be Able to Get Benefits from Khmer Inheritance
  • Land Disputes Strongly Spread while the Election to Change the Prime Minister Is Getting Nearer


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #158, 21.5.2008

  • The World Bank Said that Providing Land by the Government to Be Occupied by Companies for Long Years Is Like Preventing Khmer People from Becoming Richer
  • People from the Legal Profession Said that There Would Be Lawsuits against Hor Namhong from Victims of Boeng Trabaek Prison


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6350, 21.5.2008

  • The Khmer Rouge Tribunal Will Open a Hearing on the Request for Bail of Ieng Thirith [Ieng Sary’s wife] This Morning


Rasmei Angkor, Vol.15, #12, .5.2008

  • [Right] Ear and [right] Eye of In Soklida’s Aunt Has Been Removed [in a hospital in Vietnam], because the Wounds by the Acid Attack Were Too Serious


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4594, 21.5.2008

  • The Cambodia Daily Will Be Suspended for Thirty Days if It Continues to Publish The Burma Daily [according to a warning by the Minister of Information and the government spokesperson Mr. Khieu Kanharith yesterday]


Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #659, 21.5.2008

  • Samdech Prime Minister: “If the 7th of January [1979] Is Forgotten, There Should Not Be Hearings of [former] Khmer Rouge Leaders” [he said during a certificate awarding ceremony to graduates of the Western University at the National Institute of Education]

Have a look at last week’s editorial: How NOT to avoid critical reflection

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From Deum Ampil, we had reported that the US had provided US$2 million for setting up information boards at all provincial and municipal courts – with some surprise what such boards’ cost. Apologies for the belated clarification: the information boards are part of a program to strengthen the Cambodian court system by training lawyers and judges, and by giving better access to information to the public: details about civic disputes filing fees, and details about the rights of the accused. The boards are part of this wider effort.


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