(KPL) This year, Lao PDR will focus on reaching all expected goals on unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance, especially the implementation of non-technical surveys for more than 3,800 UXO-affected villages.
The plan is to look for evidence of UXOs using non-technical surveys to facilitate clearance in focal development areas, developing projects and agricultural areas.
“We will continue conducting a public campaign on UXO awareness, intending to reduce the number of UXO victims to fewer than 40 people annually and providing assistance, medical treatment, health rehabilitation and creating vocations for 1,500 UXO-affected victims,” Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Mr Khamxay Xaysompheng, said early this month to mark the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 2017.
“To achieve the above-mentioned expectations, the government must have an action plan and determine its priorities, as well as contribute to financial support in addition to the existing funds from international donors in accordance with real situations,” he added.
“The Government should also continue to call for financial support from international organizations and country donors to conduct UXO clearance projects in the future so as to gradually clear the UXOs remaining in Lao PDR.”