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Six staff members of the humanitarian agency CARE International were killed after a landmine explosion Friday, Dec. 12th, in Angola, the organisation announced Wednesday.
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Five FSD staff members have started with the recruitment and training of deminers of local partner organisation SIMAS in Southern Sudan. The road survey on behalf of WFP will start in early January 2004.
At the request and with the support of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the FSD has started to train and two mine action emergency response teams with a total of 20 local deminers in and around Bunia (province of Ituri).
Some $290 million would be needed next year to fund 300 mine action projects in 36 countries, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said at a Headquarters press briefing today.
It could take up to six years before the north of the country is rid of the deadly menace.
Luanda, 03/12 - A set of global projects for actions against landmines, which will present the general framework for urgent need of demining activities in Angola and other 35 countries also affected, will be launched today worldwide in New York, a UN Development Program note says.
According to the note delivered to Angop, the document shows the fulfillment done by member states to spur the UN, non-governmental organizations and the civil society contributing more effectively for peace and reconstruction.
During this international event a statement will be issued by Ambassador Gaspar …
Journalists invited to launch of mine-action report and press briefing on December 3
(New York: 21 November 2003) - Landmines, poor roads, and heavy rains continue to hamper efforts to bring aid to Angolans suffering the cumulative effects of decades of war. OCHA's office in Angola reported at least nine instances in which people were killed or injured by mines or unexploded ordnance between 15 October and 15 November. The slowness of municipal authorities to construct small simple bridges throughout the dry season will now create major problems in the wet season.
JOHANNESBURG, 20 November (IRIN) - Angolan refugees eager to return home are being hindered by landmines, poor governance in rural areas and a devastated infrastructure, the United Nations refugee agency has said.
At the request and with the support of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the FSD has started to training and deploying two mine action emergency response teams in and around Bunia (province of Ituri).
Two FSD staff members have left Geneva to start with the recruitment and training of local deminers in Southern Sudan.
FSD / OSCE Survey teams complete General Survey of Tavildara valley, Sagirdasht (GBOA) and Rasht valley.
NAIROBI, 7 November (IRIN) - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has requested increased support in its efforts to rid the country of landmines.
An international conference in Bishkek on 5 November examined Kyrgyzstan's problems with antipersonnel mines planted along its border by the Uzbek armed forces, Kyrgyzinfo and RIA-Novosti reported. However, a representative of the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry said Kyrgyzstan does not intend to sign the Ottawa Convention on antipersonnel land mines. Since 2000, five Kyrgyz citizens have been killed by Uzbek mines.
as General Assembly concludes mine action
Fifty-eighth General Assembly
Luanda, Oct 28 - Twenty-one areas have been cleared of landmines between January and September this year in the Angolan provinces of Huambo and Benguela (centre) and Kuando-Kubango (southeast) by the British NGO "Halo Trust".
According to the deputy director of the organization, Jose Agostinho, 3,655 anti-personal and 367 anti-tank mines have been removed.
1,500 mines were cleared in the localities of Ucuma, Longonjo, Caala and Calenga (Huambo), 1,050 in Kuando-Kubango, 1,650 around Kuito, Bie province (centre), 367 in Ganda and Cubal, Benguela Province.
The Halo Trust …