China donates 600,000 USD for de-mining operation in eastern Cambodia (China/Cambodia)
China has donated 600,000 U.S. dollars for Cambodia to clean the mines and unexploded ordnances (UXO) along National Road No. 7 from Kratie province to Stung Treng province in the country's eastern part bordering Laos, said government official here on Tuesday.
"The finance has helped the people avoid risking their lives," said Sun Chanthol, Minister of Public Works and Transportation, while attending the inauguration ceremony of the national road.
The de-mining work was also an necessity for the safe construction of the road, which now links Cambodia and Laos, he said.
The road can help improve the people's living conditions and expand the tourism areas in the eastern provinces, where much natural view of forestry, mountain range, lakes, waterfalls and tribal culture can be seen, he added.
National Road No. 7 runs 186.648 kilometers and is connected with National Road N. 13 of Laos.
The inauguration of National Road No. 7 is widely believed to be able to perfect the Asian road network and strengthen the economic relationship and development of the regional countries.
Von: 29.4.2008, english.people.com.cn