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08 Sep 2006 description

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Australia is providing $500,000 to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to remove landmines and unexploded ordnance in southern Lebanon.

The funding is being used to clear rural and residential areas for the many people who have returned home following the recent conflict.

'Unexploded ordnance poses a direct threat to communities and internally displaced persons and hampers humanitarian relief,' said Australia's Special Representative on Mine Action and Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Teresa Gambaro.

'Clearance of landmines and …