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Today's Mine Action News (22nd February 2017)

Posted on February, 22 2017

AFRICA

Algeria
Algeria Completes Antipersonnel Mine Clearance
[ICBL] Algeria confirmed today in Geneva the completion of its antipersonnel landmine clearance activities. Felicitations, mabrouk! The ICBL congratulates Algeria for this major accomplishment. Antipersonnel landmine contamination in Algeria dated back as far as World War II - a cruel reminder of the unacceptable legacy of these weapons.

Somalia
Somalia: Land Mine Blast At Army Checkpoint Leaves 2 Dead
[All Africa-Shabelle Media Network] Two soldiers are reported to have been killed, and four others sustained wounds in a remote-controlled land mine blast occurred at an army checkpoint in Tihsile area near Wanlaweyn.

Sudan
“Intercultural Communication and Mine Action”, Geneva, Switzerland
[UNMAS Sudan] On 09 February 2017 in Palais des Nations, Geneva, as a part of the 20th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and United Nations Advisors (NDM), the National Mine Action Centre Sudan, UNMAS Sudan and Italy hosted the side event titled “Intercultural Communication and Mine Action.” 

AMERICAS

Colombia
APOPO Supports Colombian Landmine Clearance
[APOPO] For the last few months APOPO has been providing capacity building and technical assistance to Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas (CCCM) – the Colombian campaign to ban landmines. Yesterday, the two CCCM non-technical survey teams that APOPO trained reached a first milestone – they were accredited by the Colombian Mine Action Authority and will begin operations at the end of the month.

FARC Troops Help Boost Colombia’s Landmine Removal Effort
[telesur] As part of Colombia's transition to peace, around 1,000 former FARC rebels will help to identify and remove land mines across Colombia as the country works towards its goal of eradicating land mines in the next four years.

Colombia Aims to Rid Country of Landmines by 2021
[VOA] Colombia, one of the most mined countries in the world, aims to remove all landmines and other explosives by 2021 after the government and FARC rebels signed a peace deal last year, a top government official has said.

USA
St. Francis Students, PSALM Present art Exhibit
[The Dominion Post] The Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) is hosting an exhibition of artwork created by students at St. Francis Central Catholic School to bring awareness to the global issue of landmines and cluster munitions.

ASIA

Azerbaijan
75 Shells, Mine Found in Azerbaijan's Border Village
[AzerNews] A number of unexploded ordnances (UXOs) have been found in a village of Azerbaijan's Tovuz region. Azerbaijan's Interior Ministry told Trend that employees of Tovuz region's Police and State Security Service departments discovered 75 shells, a mine, 66 mine fuses, three grenades and 139 bullets in the region's Vahidli village.

Iraq
Leftover Islamic State IED Kills Three Child Shepherds in Iraq
[MEE] Three child shepherds were killed in western Iraq on Sunday when one of them stepped on a roadside bomb planted by the Islamic State (IS) group, local officials said.

Lao PDR
Norwegian Support to Mine Action in Laos
[ScandAsia] Siren Gjerme Eriksen, Abassador of Norway to Hanoi, met with Laos National Regulatory Authority, NRA, as he attended a ceremony in Laos last week, where Norwegian People’s Aid handed over excess equipment from their operations to NRA.

GLOBAL

UN Calls for 50 per cent Increase in Funding for Mine Action in 2017
[UN News Centre] The United Nations has launched a $511 million international appeal for humanitarian mine action in conflict and post-conflict settings for 2017, a 50 per cent increase from last year's $347 million consolidated appeal.

Stop Producing Cluster Bombs
[CMC] Today, campaigners from Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Colombia,  Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Lao PDR, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Sahara, Yemen and Zambia, representing hundreds of civil society organizations, signed a joint letter urging the CEO of Poongsan to immediately halt the production of cluster munitions.

 

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