USD 2 million for landmine assistance in Mozambique

The US on Wednesday announced USD 2 million in financial assistance to help Mozambique safeguard its citizens from abandoned landmines and unexploded munitions remaining from decades of conflict.

Last Updated: Oct 28, 2009, 10:31 AM IST

Washington: The US on Wednesday announced USD 2
million in financial assistance to help Mozambique safeguard
its citizens from abandoned landmines and unexploded munitions
remaining from decades of conflict.

The aid, announced in October 19 in Mozambique`s capital
Maputo, will fund survey and clearance teams from The
HALO Trust, a Britain-based non-governmental organisation and
leading US humanitarian demining partner, the State
Department said in a statement.
Since the 1992 Rome General Peace Accords ended nearly
30 years of civil conflict, the US has provided Mozambique
more than USD 47 million in assistance under its Humanitarian
Mine Action programme.

The programme has contributed to significant reductions
in casualties from mines and explosive remnants of war, and is
one of many ways the US is demonstrating its commitment to
peace and stability in the region, it said.
Since 1993, the US has delivered more than USD 1.4
billion in aid to remove landmines and unexploded munition to
nearly 50 countries, it said.

Bureau Report