European Union to fund NE demining effort

[TamilNet, Friday, 20 December 2002, 02:56 GMT]
Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian affairs with the European Union (EU), Paul Neilson said in a report that the Internally Displace Persons from NE returning to resettle in their homes are facing severe hazards due to the buried land mines, and EU will do its maximum to provide financial support towards NorthEast demining effort.

EU is planning to distribute about two million euros to land mine victims in the North East province, Nielson further said in his report.

Nielson estimated that about 600,000 land mines may still be buried in the NorthEast and that on the average 10-15 civilians become victims to landmines in their own homes and surrounding areas or in the fields.

Funds from European Union will be utilized to locating landmines, implementing humanitarian procedures for removing landmines and educating the public in general mine awareness issues, Nielson further said in the report.


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