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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Cambodian Minister Wants Singapore To Increase Engagement To Eradicate Anti-Personnel Mines

SINGAPORE, Oct 4 (Bernama) -- A senior Cambodian minister is leading a delegation here to encourage the Singaporean authorities to increase their engagement in the international movement to eradicate anti-personnel mines.

Prak Sokhonn (pictured), president-designate of the Eleventh Meeting of the States Parties (11MSP) of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, said Asean member states should demonstrate solidarity to address the issue.

"Together, we represent the diversity of this movement, as mine-affected states and those that have been spared this scourge, and, as states at various stages of development.

"Together, as an Asean family, we can join hands, united in our commitment to continue our efforts," he said in a statement here Tuesday.

Sokhonn hoped Singapore would one day join the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention.

He serves as Minister Attached to the Prime Minister of Cambodia and Vice-President of the Cambodia Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority.

Although Singapore is not part of the Convention, it has, since 1998, placed a moratorium on the export of anti-personnel mines.

The 11MSP will feature over 1,000 delegates representing over 100 states descending on the Cambodian capital from Nov 27 to Dec 2.

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