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Today's Mine Action News (10 June 2013)

Posted on June, 10 2013

ASIA

Japan
On TICAD Sidelines, Ugandan Landmine Activist Calls for More Support for Victims
[Japan Times] Ugandan land mine survivor and activist Margaret Arech Orech is calling for more international action to support people crippled by the explosive devices in Africa.

Myanmar
Briefing: Fresh Hopes for Peace in Myanmar's Kachin State
[IRIN] The UN and others have welcomed recent peace talks aimed at reaching a cease-fire in Myanmar's conflict-affected Kachin State, but building trust will take time, say experts. 

EUROPE

Europe United to End the Suffering Caused by Anti‐Personnel Mines
[EU] Poland joined on 1st June the Ottawa Convention, the landmark treaty banning anti‐personnel mines, becoming binding law throughout the European Union. The entry into force of the Convention for Poland means that all EU Member States are now legally bound to, never under any circumstances, use, produce, stockpile or transfer anti‐personnel mines. 
 
Croatia
The Journalists from China Visited a Demining Worksite
[HCR] Ms Xue Qun, representative of the XINHUA NEWS AGENCY from China, Regional Office Zagreb, and associates visited the Croatian Mine Action Centre. CROMAC representatives held a presentation on mine action in Croatia in the premises of CROMAC-Centre for Testing, Development and Training Ltd. in Zagreb. 

Kosovo
More than 5,100 days after the end of NATO bombing in Kosovo, HALO continues to clear hundreds of NATO cluster bombs
[HALO Trust] NATO’s 1999 bombing of key Yugoslav positions and infrastructure in Kosovo lasted for just 78 days and yet, more than 5,100 days since the end of the bombing, the HALO Trust is still finding hundreds of cluster bombs on land around villages and on farmland with teams funded by the Swiss and Belgian governments.

GLOBAL

Mine Ban Treaty Intersessional Meeting – Highs and Lows for Mine Ban Community
[ICBL] The Mine Ban Treaty Intersessional Standing Committee (ISC) Meetings that took place last week opened with disturbing news of credible reports which, if confirmed, would constitute the most serious violation the treaty has ever confronted: extensive use of antipersonnel mines by government forces in Yemen, as reported by ICBL member HRW, and Foreign Policy Magazine.

 

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