Editorial by Dwi Prameswari & Nicholas Prehn: A Uniquely ASEAN Approach to Mine Action

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Within the ASEAN region, the shared legacy of past wars, conflicts and violence created a common challenge in addressing the impact of mines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW).

To date, five of the 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS) – namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – remain affected by mines and ERW. 

Each state faces different levels of contamination and clearance progress, while the Philippines continues to assess the extent of mine/ERW proliferation in parts of the country. 

Recognizing this is a common challenge and best addressed through acommunalsolution – pooling resources, finances, knowledge and skills – the AMS established the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC). The ARMAC is a center of excellence (COE) working to facilitate cooperation between interested AMS and the relevant mine action institutions, …

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