Kathmandu: Nepal Army has successfully cleared 50 percent of the minefields laid during the decade long armed conflict in the country, Peace and Construction Minister Rakam Chemjung said.
The mine action is one of the priority areas in our peace building process, said Chemjung at a function to mark the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action in the capital today.
The Comprehensive Peace Accord signed between the Nepal government and the Maoist three years ago spells our commitment to clearance of mines and other explosive items, he said.
During the conflict period, 53 minefields were planted by the Nepal Army for its defence and more than 300 Improvised Explosive device (IED) fields were laid by the Nepal Army, Police and the Armed Police Force jointly.
Nepal Army has so far cleared 26 of the 53 minefields with support from UN Mine Action Team and there are plans to clear the remaining half by the end of 2011.
Unknown numbers of IEDs were also planted by the Maoists and continue to pose a threat across the country, according to a press release issued by the ministry.
A total of 52,617 improvised explosive devices and other dangerous items have been destroyed by UNMAT since 2007.
After the signing of the peace accord between the Maoists and the government in 2006 more than 262 casualties have been reported and 33 people have been killed by landmines and other explosive remnants of civil war.