Jaffna mine clearing to commence

[TamilNet, Monday, 05 July 1999, 16:55 GMT]
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced during a press conference held at its offices in Baudhaloka Mawatha, Colombo today, that it is to begin its mine clearing operation in the Jaffna peninsula shortly.

The mine-clearing program was being initiated for humanitarian and economic reasons, UNDP officials said.

They explained that displaced people, who have returned to Jaffna since the intense battles of 1995 and 1996, are only able to work in areas that are certified as "mine free" which are limited.

The UNDP's first step will be to send a team comprising 11 people and 4 dogs to Jaffna from Trincomalee in an ICRC ship next Wednesday, said officials.

Phase 1 of the operation will be to identify all the sections of the Jaffna peninsula which have been mined, they said.

The mine clearing operation is expected to take about 6 months to complete, they added.

The operation is being handled by Minetech of Zimbabwe, they said. The company is run by John Dixon, a South African.

Minetech has been clearing mines for over 10 years, and has cleared mines in Bosnia, Nicaragua, and especially Mozambique.

The South African trained German Shepherds that will be used for detecting the mines will take around a month to adjust to the Sri Lankan climate said UNDP officials.

The dogs will be used in pairs, the second pair taking over as the first two become too exhausted to continue, they said.

The dogs are more successful in wet areas, rather than dry terrain. The dogs can detect various types of mines because they have been trained to sniff for the explosives used in the devices.

The UNDP will pay Minetech 40,000 US dollars per month for the estimated 6 months.

At the press conference, Minetech gave a demonstration of the techniques that are to be used to clear mines in the northern peninsula.

The Australian government has given the UNDP 350,000 dollars for the project while the Netherlands government has donated 200,000 dollars. Officials from both the Australian and Netherlands embassy were present at the conference.

 

Latest 15 Reports
18.10.19 23:43   Photo
Monk backing Gotabhaya wants Tamil owners to stay away from their lands in interior Batticaloa
17.10.19 19:14   Photo
SL Police resorts to violence in grabbing lands of Tamil fishers in Batticaloa North
16.10.19 23:19   Photo
Chennai Connect and Eezham Tamils reminding Tamil Nadu to assert Tamil geopolitics
15.10.19 23:50  
Colombo destroys dairy-farming economy of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa
14.10.19 23:48   Photo
Tamil parties in North-East stipulate ‘acid test’ terms to SL presidential candidates
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
06.10.19 12:21  
EPDP joins Jaffna protest against desecration of Neeraaviyadi temple
05.10.19 22:06  
Families inheriting lands from parents refused of land registration in Moothoor East
04.10.19 21:50  
SL Archaeology, Police continue to disturb Tamils’ right to worship at Vedukku-naa'ri hilltop
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=3535