Areas of Mauritania that were under the threat of anti-personnel mines for forty years are now deemed safe.
“I am extremely honoured to declare that after four decades since these weapons were laid and nearly two decades of clearance, Mauritania is free of all known mined zones.
This makes us the 31st State Party to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention to declare such feat,” said Mr. Alioune Ould Menane, Coordinator of Mauritania’s humanitarian mine clearance programme for development (pndhd).
The statement came during the Seventeenth Meeting of the States Parties gathered in Geneva until 30 November where the Conference takes stock of challenges remaining to meet the ambition of a world free of anti-personnel mines by 2025.
“Contamination is the residue of the 1976-1978 conflict in Western Sahara which was characterized by erratic laying of anti-personnel mines and a disproportionate number of these weapons used,” added Mr. Menane.
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