Australian legislator praises effectiveness of landmine clearance project (Vietnam)


The project has helped reduce labour accidents and forest fires caused by bomb and mine explosion in the locality, Bruce Billson noted. The project, which has been carried out in five communes in Phong Dien district, cleared bombs and mines on nearly 42 ha of land and destroyed 6,875 explosive devices.


(28.10.2005)

Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Bruce Billson on October 26 praised the central province of Thua Thien Hue for its effective implementation of an Australian-funded project on landmine clearance.

The project has helped reduce labour accidents and forest fires caused by bomb and mine explosion in the locality, Mr Billson noted. As a result, he added, beneficiaries of the project are able to stabilise their lives.

The Australian legislator also told Nguyen Ngoc Thien, vice chairman of Thua Thien-Hue People's Committee, that he hoped the two governments of Australia and Vietnam will forge closer ties and co-operate more to diversify Australian investment in Vietnam's localities with Hue being a focus.

The briefed his guest that the landmine clearance project in Hue has received financial assistance worth almost AUD 3.6 million (roughly US $2.7 million) from the Australian Government since 2002.

The project, which has been carried out in five communes in Phong Dien district, cleared bombs and mines on nearly 42 ha of land and destroyed 6,875 explosive devices. In addition, the project also helped build 64 infrastructure facilities and supported numerous agricultural and rural development activities.

While in Thua Thien Hue, Mr Billson, who began his six-day visit to Vietnam on October 24, visited the national defence education centre in Huong Thuy district, called on a training course on designing households economy development projects in Phong Dien district, and observed landmine clearance operations conducted by the provincial military command. (VNA)

Von: 27 October 2005, http://www.nhandan.com.vn

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