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Address by Ian Martin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Nepal, on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, Kathmandu, Nepal
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As the people of Nepal, take stock of their achievements in the peace process over the past year, a major highlight must be the removal of thousands of kilograms of explosives and thousands of socket bombs and pressure cooker bombs from the community, and their safe storage in guarded sites. The agreement by the Maoist army to safely destroy these stockpiles is a considerable achievement of the Agreement on the Monitoring of the Management of Arms and Armies (AMMAA), as is the Nepal Army agreement to safely clear explosives and minefields from hundreds of sites across the country. All Nepalese people will be able to live more safely when these weapons have been permanently removed. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stated in his message for this day that landmines and explosive remnants of war continue to claim over 15,000 new victims each year in over 80 countries. 12-year-old Jage Darji died in Kalikot on 29 March, last week, when he handled an explosive device in his village. His 14-year-old friend, Dil Bahadur Shahi, was seriously injured. The day before, 10-year-old Arjun Sunuwar was seriously injured when he picked up explosives inside a Nepal Army site. We must remember the terrible human cost of each such accident. And we must all act together to remove these hazards forever and to prevent such accidents occurring.
UNMIN is committed to assist both the Maoist army and the Nepal Army in the safe storage and destruction of mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Since the registration of combatants and weapons began in January this year, the Maoist army has safely stored thousands of kilograms of explosives and a further thousands of IEDs in sites a safe distance outside its seven main cantonment sites. UNMIN experts have visited all these sites in the past three weeks, offering advice on safe storage methods and discussing plans with regional commanders for safe destruction. UNMIN is in the process of bringing in an expert team to be based in the regions and to offer regular advice to Maoist commanders, as well as training on safe destruction techniques. These teams will offer technical advice and assistance to the Maoist army so that it can safely fulfil its commitment to destroy all IEDs and explosives.
UNMIN is also assisting the Nepal Army to meet its commitment to clear all landmines and other sites sown with explosives. This assistance will include further training on safe methods of clearance. The UNMIN experts will also have a rapid response capacity, in order to assist in the safe management of IEDs when they are located.
Publisher:
UNMIN ,   (2007 )
Type / Script:
Press Release in English
Keywords:
CONSTITUTIONS, PEACE, PEACE AGREEMENT, PEACE MAKING, ELECTIONS, POLITICAL CONDITIONS, POLITICAL SITUATION, POLITICAL PARTIES, POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, POLITICAL COOPERATION, POLITICAL MOVEMENTS, POLITICAL OPPOSITION, JOURNALISTS, CIVIC EDUCATION, HUMAN RIGHTS, FREEDOM, MASS MEDIA, RIGHT TO INFORMATION, PEACE PROCES, COMMUNITY
Thematic Group:
 UNMIN : Peace and Conflict through Political Mission
Thesaurus:
01.01.00  -  Political Conditions, Institutions, Movements
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