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Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan join forces to improve mine action at regional workshop in Tehran

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The GICHD, in partnership with the Iranian Mine Action Centre (IRMAC), is organising this week a three-day workshop on operational efficiency in Tehran, Iran. The second in a series of regional workshops started last year in Tajikistan, this gathering aims to bring together three countries sharing the same language – Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran – to share experience on demining and strengthen regional cooperation in the area of mine risk education, survey, clearance operations and ammunition safety management.

Dr Barbara Haering, President of the GICHD Council of Foundation, opened the workshop together with IRMAC Director Mr Amirahmadi, Iran Government Representative Mr Mahmoudzadeh and Swiss Ambassador to Iran Mr Haas. In her opening remarks, Dr Haering stressed the importance of a “shared commitment to address legacies of war. It is our will”, she added, “to join forces, exchange views and discuss solutions in order to improve mine action”.

In recent years, the GICHD has established a number of regional outreach programmes to facilitate cooperation between countries. The initiative started with the French- and Arabic-language Outreach Programmes (respectively 2006 and 2012). Based on the successful implementation of these first programmes, the GICHD launched the Persian-language Outreach Programme for mine action with a first workshop on “National Mine Action Standards” in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in early 2013. The Centre is looking forward to working more closely with Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan, countries with some of the highest landmine contamination rates in the world.

About the GICHD

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) is an international expert organisation based in Switzerland that works to eliminate mines, explosive remnants of war and other explosive hazards. By undertaking research, developing standards and disseminating knowledge, the GICHD supports capacity development in mine-affected countries. It works with national and local authorities to help them plan, coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate mine action programmes. The GICHD also contributes to the implementation of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and other relevant instruments of international law. The GICHD follows the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence.

For more information | Christine Spring, Communication Manager, c.spring(at)gichd.org