Korea helps Vietnam to clear bombs, mines

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Ministry of Defense in Hanoi on June 14 have signed an agreement on cooperating and overcoming the consequences of post-war bombs and mines.

The project was signed by Deputy Defense Minister and member of the Steering Committee for the National Action Program on overcoming post-war bombs and mines (Steering Committee 504) Nguyen Chi Vinh, and KOICA Country Director Chang Jea-Yun.

Accordingly, KOICA will offer US$20 million in non-refundable aid to the Vietnam National Mine Action Centre (VNMAC), said Korean Ambassador to Vietnam Lee Hyuk.

The project aims to enhance the management capacity of VNMAC in overcoming the aftermath of post-war bombs, mines, and clear bombs and mines on an area of around 8,000 ha in the central provinces of Binh Dinh and Quang Binh. It also raises public awareness of bombs and mines’ dangers and helps victims of wartime bombs and mines to re-integrate into the community.

By Tran Binh – Translated by Kim Khanh

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