Angolan Military Removed Mines in One Million Square Meters in 2016
Luanda, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) More than one million 413 thousand square meters of land have been demined by the Angolan units from the North Military Region during the year 2016, the press reported.
The commander of that body, Lieutenant General David Cavanda, told the Angola Press Agency that in the province of Uíge four anti-tank mines, 98 anti-personnel, 37 explosives, 138 different cartridges and 7,972 pieces of various metals were removed.
Data from the National Inter-ministerial Commission on Demining and Humanitarian Assistance reveal that a total of 600, 508 such devices were deactivated from 2002 to 2014. Among the mines removed or destroyed are 412,300 anti-personnel and 188, 280 anti-tank.
The Government, which ratified the Ottawa Convention in 2002, called in 2012 for a five-year moratorium to continue demining and security operations, and is seeking a new extension until 2025.
To achieve the removal of all mines and their subsequent destruction, about 275.2 million dollars are required, according to the Commission's calculations.
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