Germany supports Vietnam's UXO detection with $500,000

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The German government will support the central province of Thua Thien Hue with 342,363 euros (US$500,000) for a project to detect unexploded ordnances from now till February next year.


According to an agreement signed between the provincial authorities and the German non-governmental organization, Solidarity Service International (SODI), Wednesday, the project will cover some 150 hectares in Huong Tra District.


SODI will also help the province make a guidebook to improve the knowledge of Vietnamese technical staff about bombs and mines.


Early this month the German Embassy in Vietnam had announced that Germany will this year give 800,000 euros ($1.12 million) to aid UXO detection efforts in the central region.


SODI will carry out the project in cooperation with Vietnam's military and local governments.


Since 1998 the German government has provided Vietnam with nearly 8.5 million euros ($12.37 million) towards UXO detection and clearance.


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