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Actor Chan calls for landmine ban
Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan is on a three-day visit to Cambodia
Action movie star Jackie Chan has called for a global landmine ban at the start of a three-day visit to Cambodia.

Chan, who is scouting locations in the country to make a film on the subject, said: "I have to stop them. They are hurting so many children."

Chan is visiting recovering victims and a mine education project in the north west of the country as part of an Asian tour for children's charity Unicef.

About 4,200 people have been killed by landmines in Cambodia since 2000.

Chan, a Unicef goodwill ambassador, arrived by plane in Battambang, a town 250 km (155 miles) northwest of the capital Phnom Penh, on Wednesday.

Heavily mined

"I want to make a film to promote the campaign to stop land mines," Chan told reporters.

A script writer and an assistant director are with him to study film locations, he added.

Chan will meet landmine victims at a Battambang hospital and visit the heavily mined nearby Pailin area, a former stronghold of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Chan, star of films like Shanghai Noon and Around the World in 80 Days, will be given a chance to help experts detonate unexploded mines.

Return visit

Chan first met child landmine amputees during a 2004 Unicef HIV awareness visit to the Siem Reap province, Cambodia's main tourist destination.

Unicef says a quarter of people killed by landmines are children.

"He was very moved by what happened to them and wanted to come back," said a Unicef spokesman.

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