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Afghanistan to be cleared of mines within the next 10 years

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

According to de-mining officials in Afghanistan, it will take at least 10 years more to complete clean Afghanistan from land mines.

The officials also urged international community to continue its donations and financial support to de-mining projects in Afghanistan.

In the meantime a number of de-mining organizations in Afghanistan expressed concerns regarding the suspension of foreign aid in de-mining projects once NATO troops leave Afghanistan in 2014.

Afghanistan is considered to be one of the most risky places in the world where millions of anti-personnel mines have been placed despite Afghanistan witnessed substantial progress in de-mining process during the recent years.

According to official sources, at least 40 Afghans become victims of landmines on average basis each month.

De-mining projects require a substantial budget and is considered to be one of the costly projects in the world. More than $45 million funds were allocated towards de-mining projects in Afghanistan last year.

However Afghan officials and de-mining organizations emphasize for the allocation of further funds in de-mining projects.

Based on the Ottawa treaty Afghanistan vowed to clear all landmines in the country by 2013 however there have been growing concerns regarding the deadline as Afghanistan would not be able to clear all landmines by 2013 since large numbers of landmines placed across the country.

Afghan officials also urged UN officials to extend the deadline for mine clearance projects in Afghanistan by at least 10 years more.

Abigail Hartley Chief of Staff at United Nations Mine Action Service said, the assumption of clearing Afghanistan from landmines during the next ten years is an excellent sensation and all the members of the de-mining in Afghanistan are committed to achieve the target.

The United Nations remains committed to support de-mining process in Afghanistan, Hartley said.

According to reports, around 685 square kilometer land consist of landmine in Afghanistan. Around 14,000 people are working in 7 different organizations to clear unexploded lanmines in Afghanistan.

On the other hand de-mining projects are facing critical challenges including growing violence and war in a number of provinces of Afghanistan.

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  1. Demining the old Russian battle positions seems to be a priority. Why?

    The mines that do the damage are around living compounds and in some parts of farmers’ fields.

    But the military needs the high ground to provide overwatch. Overwatch for Taliban planting new IEDs rather than overwatch for removong the mines of previous wars.

    Until the shooting stops, demining will be the runt of the Afghan litter.


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