The Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung has said that Vietnam expected more international assistance in the work of mine clearance. He was speaking in Hanoi on November 18.

He made the appeal at a meeting with Stephen Husy, Director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) during his working visit to Vietnam.

Mr. Hung added that he appreciated the GICHD's assistance to Vietnam in the past in implementing a variety of cooperation projects to overcome the consequences of war.

Demining is work that requires joint efforts in financial policies, human resources, technical assistance and other favourable policies, he said, and that Vietnam is in urgent need of international assistance in demining. Mr. Husy expected the GICHD to implement more projects in Vietnam to remove the remnants of war, thus helping Vietnamese return to normal life.

Mr. Husy highlighted Vietnam's 30 years and more of experience in demining and its efforts in rehabilitation.

The GICHD also looks at sustainable development so that people can use agricultural land, develop infrastructure and improve living standards.

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