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JAKARTA, 2 March 2018 – The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC) signed an agreement with the government of Cambodia on hosting and granting privileges and immunities to the former on 27 February at ARMAC headquarter in Phnom Penh.

The signing was done by Prak Sokhonn, Senior Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and Michael Tan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to Cambodia and current Chair of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC) Steering Committee. It was witnessed by the members of the ARMAC Steering Committee.

The agreement is the key legal instrument that embodies the Cambodia’s commitment and support to ARMAC as host country to the ARMAC headquarter. It sets out the duties and responsibilities of the parties as well as the privileges and immunities, granted by the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia to ARMAC to enable it to perform its functions and operations effectively.

ARMAC’s mandate and functions are to enhance awareness programmes on dangers of Explosive Remants of War (ERW) among affected communities; facilitate appropriate medical and rehabilitation assistance for victims of ERW upon requests from affected ASEAN Member States; and assist interested ASEAN Member States in research and knowledge sharing on the effects of ERW and efforts to address them, including through writing proposals for technical assistance projects and funding.

Into the first year of its operations, ARMAC will continue to work with relevant ERW-related institutions and development partners to undertake cooperative activities, projects and programmes in line with ARMAC’s mandate.  It also welcomes interested partners to consider funding its activities and operations in areas that may be of mutual interest.