Written by Staff Writer
06 Mar, 2018 | 10:09 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st)- Special Envoy on the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein visited Muhumalai today (06 March) to inspect the demining operations in the area.
Sharing his experience on the visit to Muhumalai he said that, he is impressed with the government as it has put a massive effort on the demining process. The demining operations are handled with an outstanding professionalism he added.
The Land Mine report statistics states around 22,100 people have been killed or injured by landmines during the 30-year civil war in Sr Lanka. However, the government objective is to free the country from mines by the year 2020.
During the year 2017, the government of Japan provided funding of 190 million for the humanitarian demining of Northern Sri Lanka. The Japanese funding assisted removing around 2,000 landmines and other explosives within an area of 20 hectares.
The visit of the Special Envoy takes from 4th March to 7th in the wake of Sri Lanka becoming the 163rd State Party to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.
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