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Cambodian Deminers Headed to Lebanon


It is estimated that about 670 square kilometers of the country's land are still cover by landmine and would take several years to be removed.

It is estimated that about 670 square kilometers of the country's land are still cover by landmine and would take several years to be removed.

Cambodia will send more than 200 deminers as UN peacekeepers to Lebanon next week, Defense Minister Tea Banh said.

The 219 soldiers will be sent off after a ceremony Nov. 17, the defense minister said.

The Lebanon mission will add to Cambodia's record of demining. The country was riddled with mines and ordinance after decades of civil war, and now its experts have served tours in Sudan and other countries.

One team is continuing demining in Sudan, said Chhum Socheat, a defense spokesman.

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