Nepal to be landmine-free country by June 14
Kathmandu, June 10 (ANI): Nepal will be a landmine-free country next week, after locals officials said that they will clear the last remaining anti- personnel landmines planted in Phulchowki, Lalitpur in Kathmandu Valley on June 14.
The Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction and the United Nations Mine Action Team (Unmat) organized a "special field program" to observe the de-mining operations to be conducted by a trained squad of the Nepalese Army.
The Army had laid mines at 53 locations during the 10-year insurgency period, out of which 52 have been successfully cleared, Xinhua reports.
According to The Kathmandu Post, after the Comprehensive Peace Accord was signed with the Unified Communist Party of Nepal ( Maoist) (UCPN-M), the government had urged both the warring parties to submit their explosives data within 30 days and clear them within 60 days.
"However, we had thought of a plan much ambitious. At least we are going to be minefields-free and that's a big achievement and have thus fulfilled our commitment," Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, Shaligram Sharma, was quoted by the daily as saying.
The ministry had sought UN's help in the year 2007 for demining programs and Unmat is actively working in clearing the minefields ever since. (ANI)
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