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Lunda Sul: US reaffirms support for mine clearance

Saurimo - The United States will continue to support the Republic of Angola in demining process, started in 2002, said Wednesday the US ambassador to Angola, Helen La Lime.

The US diplomat was speaking at a meeting with local government officials of the eastern Lunda Sul province during her working visit to the region.

Helen La Lime said her country will continue to persuade other donors to help Angola become land mine-free country.

She said that the United States will also work to reinforce and redouble its contribution to this process to ensure the achievement of more objective in this aspect.

The intention is to full restore the peace and security in Angola, by improving the movement of people and goods.

During the meeting with the local government officials, the US ambassador was informed on the process of demining in Lunda Sul, trafficking / kidnapping of minors, malaria and HIV / AIDS.

She also learnt of diamond exploitation, impact of this resource on citizens' lives, and the human rights issue.

On the other hand, the diplomat presented some projects of her country designed to Angola.

She mentioned, among others, the social, economic, cultural, education and health domains.

The US ambassador's working agenda includes visits to Mining Society of Catoca, meeting with government members, representative of Caritas de Angola and Lutheran Federation in Lunda Sul province.

Separate meetings with political parties, including ruling MPLA, opposition UNITA and CASA-CE, are also part of the US ambassador’s visiting programme.

Thursday the US diplomat will visit the neighbouring Lunda Norte province, with the same purpose.

This is the first visit of US ambassador to the two eastern provinces of Angola.