Lebanon signs mine action agreements with UNDP and the Netherlands


BEIRUT, June 7 (Xinhua) – The Lebanese Ministry of National Defense on Monday signed two mine action agreements with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Netherlands Embassy in Lebanon, reported the National News Agency.

Agreement with UNDP addresses humanitarian and development impacts of mines, cluster munitions and explosive remnants of war, and will further strengthen the Lebanese Mine Action Center, part of the Lebanese Armed Forces .

As for the agreement with the Netherlands, it is a grant that covers all the expenses of the Lebanese National Mine Action Program for a period of three years.

Acting Defense Minister Zeina Akar said the signing of the two agreements comes at a time when mines and explosive remnants of war still claim innocent lives and remain a threat to the safety of citizens.

UNDP Resident Representative in Lebanon Céline Moyroud stressed the importance of a long-term partnership between the Lebanese Ministry of Defense, the Lebanese army and UNDP in the field of mine clearance.

For his part, the Dutch Ambassador to Lebanon Hans Peter van der Woude affirmed his country’s support for the demining project.

“The Netherlands is one of the first countries to have supported and still supports the demining project, and they call on Lebanon to accede to the Ottawa Convention for a mine-free world,” said the Dutch diplomat.

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