(QNO) - The UXO (unexplored ordnances) Clearance Project sponsored by Danish Demining Group (DDG) is over its first phase on 31st August 2016 and planned to deploy the 2nd phase. On July 20th, Vice Chairman of Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee Le Van Thanh and representatives of the provincial services had a discussion of this project with DDG. As a result, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by both parties.
At the discussion, Director of DDG Vietnam Clinton John Smith said the project results of the first phase. By June 30th, 2016, there were 152 hamlets cleared and 1,800 mines and UXO discarded. Over 167511m2 of bomb-contaminated land had been cleared and taken back to the local communities for cultivation. Mr. Le Van Thanh appreciated the DDG’s supports and collaborations. The results were very significant for the local socio-economic development. He confirmed to create every favourable condition for DDG’s project activities. However, he also suggested DDG obeying the regulations for the safety of the local residents and both parties.
After some discussions, the 2nd phase of the UXO Clearance Project was agreed to last 28 months (from September 1st, 2016 to December 31st, 2018) with 1,288,935 USD.
Reportedly, after the success of the Mine Risk Education project that was started in Duy Xuyen district in January 2013 to help minimize the risk of injury from mines and UXO, DDG went on funding the UXO Clearance Project (phase 1) with 848,256 USD. It was launched on September 1st, 2014 in Dien Ban and Duy Xuyen Districts.