Japan, Cambodia agree to cooperate in landmine clearance in Ukraine

Japan and Cambodia have agreed to work together to clear landmines in Ukraine and other countries.

The agreement came when Japan's Foreign Minister Kamikawa Yoko met with Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sok Chenda Sophea, during her visit to the Southeastern Asian country on Saturday.

The ministers announced an initiative for bilateral cooperation in landmine clearance in third countries, including Ukraine, based on Japan's years of experience clearing explosive weapons in Cambodia.

Specific measures include the establishment of an international team for anti-landmine measures in Cambodia.
The development of landmine removal equipment is to be done jointly with private firms using artificial intelligence and other leading-edge technologies.

At a joint news conference, Kamikawa said that landmines are still victimizing people around the world.

She said that Japan has helped Cambodia's efforts to get rid of landmines for many years. She said that the two countries can work together based on techniques and knowledge they have accumulated in the efforts.

The two ministers also agreed to cooperate in building water and sewage systems and telecommunication infrastructure, including 5G mobile networks, as well as in cyber security sectors in Cambodia.

Japan plans to contribute to the development of a Cambodian port as a logistics base in the region.