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Deminers in Sudan Seek Japanese Aid

Cambodia is seeking Japanese support for its deminers in Sudan, who are joining UN peace keeping operations, Defense Minister Tea Banh said Monday.

Tea Banh completed a three-day visit to Japan March 7, where he met military counterparts and other government officials.

"There has been a discussion about Japanese assistance for training, human resources and safety," he said. "We would expand our scope [in Sudan] if there is assistance."

Cambodia has had a mission of 300 deminers in Sudan since April 2006, Tea Banh said, adding that recently the Cambodians had to stop their work on one mission for 10 days, due to fighting about 6 kilometers away.