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21 Jul 2016 description

Every day, 10 people are killed by landmines. Besides claiming such a substantial number of lives, landmines form an obstacle to post-conflict reconstruction efforts. Foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen said: ‘The devastating impact of landmines doesn’t stop when the violence ends. Emergency workers are left unable to reach the places where they’re needed, refugees can’t return home and farmers can’t access their land.

05 Mar 2015 description

Foreign minister Bert Koenders has earmarked an additional €3.5 million for the monitoring mission being conducted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in eastern Ukraine. The OSCE has deployed the monitors to see to it that the Ukrainian army and the rebels comply with the ceasefire agreed in Minsk on 12 February.