Govt Applauded for Implementation of Ottawa Landmines Convention (Angola)

Member states of the Ottawa Convention praised Angola and point out as an example to be followed by everyone due to its engagement in the eradication of anti-personnel landmines.


According to a communiqué of the National Inter-Sectoral Commission for Demining and Humanitarian Assistance (CNIDAH), delivered to ANGOP this Thursday, the commend came during the inter-sectoral meeting of the convention's member States, happening since Monday, April 23, in Geneva (Switzerland).

The source states that the Angolan government was recognised for the implementation of the requirements of the fourth article of the convention.

Balbina da Silva, national co-ordinator of landmines action programmes of CNIDAH, leads the Angolan delegation to the meeting, which aims at analysing the general state and the implementation of the Ottawa Convention.

At the event, the Angolan team presented a project for destroying anti-personnel landmines, a programme that was implemented by CNIDAH in partnership with the Angolan Armed Forces and UNDP, funded by the government and the European Commission.

The document also states that institutions of actions against landmines in the country are examining a national plan of assistance to victims for a four-year period (2007/11), to start being implemented next September.

In this framework, the Angolan delegation presented the implementation state of the Landmines Action-Plan of Nairobi, Kenya, concerning the improvement of the conditions of assistance to victims, such as socio-professional rehabilitation and reintegration.

In its 2003 report sent to international institutions of actions against landmines, Angola declared that it had 50,659 anti-personnel landmines in stock, later having found abandoned shell rooms in various regions of the country, thereby increasing the number of landmines to 83,557.

During the process of destroying landmines, the country put into consideration the issue about protecting the environment, and recycled the disarmed explosive devices, using the metal and plastic as raw material for the manufacturing of house utensils, buckets, dishes, hoes and cutlasses.

Von: 26.04.2007

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