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China launches 3rd mine clearance mission along China-Vietnam border

( Source: China Military Online  )         2015-December-2 17:01

BEIJING, Dec. 2 (ChinaMil) --The representative of China said at the 14th Meeting of States Parties to the Ottawa Convention on December 1, 2015, that following the two border mine clearance operations in the 90s of the last century, the Chinese government is currently carrying out the third border mine clearance operation along the China-Vietnam border, covering an area of more than 50 square kilometers. This operation is expected to be completed by 2017.

The Chinese representative said that China is a country that has experienced the sufferings caused by landmines. China deeply understands the desire for security and development of the people in mine-affected countries and is willing to provide assistance for people in mine-affected countries and regions to rebuild their homes.

The representative also expressed that since 1998, the Chinese government has provided mine clearance assistance to more than 40 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America and has trained nearly 500 demining personnel for them.

In the next five years, China will carry out 10 mine clearance assistance programs and continue to help mine-affected countries and victims, the representative added.

The 14th Meeting of States Parties to the Ottawa Convention kicked off in Geneva on November 30, 2015. China, as an observer, sent a delegation to the five-day meeting.

On December 3, 1997, representatives of 121 countries signed the “Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and Their Destruction” ("Ottawa Convention") in Ottawa, Canada.The convention officially entered into force in 1999.

According to the latest statistics in the meeting, the world has destroyed 47 million anti-personnel mines since 1999.

Editor :  Zhang Tao