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The Cambodian government has intervened to prevent a "Miss Landmine" beauty pageant from being held in the country later this week, calling it an insult to the disabled.
"The beauty contest would make a mockery of Cambodia's land-mine victims," government spokesman Khieu Khanarith said. "The government does not support this contest."
The Ministry of Social Affairs sent a letter to the organisers of the pageant on Friday informing them of the ban and saying the contest would damage "the dignity and honour of the disabled". The contest was scheduled for this Friday, with the Minis