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Boosting bomb and mine clearance cooperation

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VGP - Deputy PM Nguyen Thien Nhan called upon the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) improve the capacity for social activists and implement research programmes and apply advanced measures to assist bomb and mine victims.

Deputy PM Nhan made the calling yesterday in Ha Noi while receiving Ambassador Stephan Husy, GICHD Director.

The host leader suggested the center continue to help victims of bombs and mines in Viet Nam so that they can better integrate into society.

He hoped that the two sides would strengthen partnership in surmounting the aftermaths of bombs, mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) left by the war as well as in designing strategies to mobilise and manage resources.

The Deputy PM spoke highly of GICHD cooperation in implementing specific tasks in the national action programme on overcoming bomb and mine aftermaths in Viet Nam through technical assistance and capacity improvement activities in building national norms in the field.

GICHD, said Deputy PM Nhan has provided Vietnam with a data base management software and helped train Vietnamese officials in Geneva while giving consultations to the country in building plans to call for international funding for the national action programme.

For his part, Ambassador Husy affirmed that his organisation will spare no effort to work with Vietnamese relevant agencies to effectively implement signed agreements.

The GICHD and the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs are scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding on surmounting bomb and mine consequences in Viet Nam tomorrow./.

By Khanh Phuong