According to the state-owned news agency AIM, the fact was announced by the Mozambican High Commissioner to the United Nations, Pedro Comissario, at a meeting in Geneva of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, commonly known as the Ottawa Convention.

landmineMozambique had a million mines scattered across the country during the struggle against the Portuguese colonialists between 1964 and 1975.

The devices were also planted during the ended civil war waged by former rebel movement Renamo between 1979 and 1992.

The official stressed that the greatest indicator of Mozambique’s success was not the number of square meters cleared or the number of land mines destroyed, but the “incalculable improvement to the development of Mozambique and the removal of fear from our communities.”

The director of the National Demining Institute (IND), Alberto Augusto, is quoted by AIM as having lamented that “land mines have claimed tens of thousands of victims in our territory, and leave behind a large number of land mine survivors who require assistance, care and rehabilitation, as well as social and economic reintegration in society.”

In addition to having cleared all known anti-personnel mines, the Southern African nation has also destroyed 37,818 stockpiled mines, the agency reported.

Since 2000, about 214,700 land mines have been removed and destroyed.

The nation’s Foreign Minister Oldemiro Baloi said in September that Mozambique had become the first of the five most severely mined countries in the world to comply with the mine clearance obligations of the Ottawa Convention.

The other four are Afghanistan, Cambodia, Angola and South Sudan. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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