10 January 2018
Landmine clearance operation is urged to be focused to increase confidence in peace making process through the report by the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor.
The report said 71 townships of ten States and Regions have contamination of land mines; at which Kayin occupied 31.1% of casualties within a period of 2007 to 2016 as the highest one than others.
It also highlighted on the failure of addressing needs for landmine clearance agreements in peace process; although speakers called for an end to the use of landmines and landmine clearance at the meeting of Union Peace Conference (UPC) in July 2017.
The operation also needs to be ensured to remove everything explosive, a researcher added.
RESEARCH COORDINATOR, LANDMINE MONITOR, DR. YESHUA MOSER-PUANGSUWAN said "When clearance begins in the country, it is not only landmine that is going to have to remove to make people safe. Mine clearance program, or that we call mine clear program - clear everything that is explosive and could hurt of human beings."
Myanmar is one of the few remaining nations, not having signed the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty while over 80% of countries did.
Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor is an initiative providing research for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC). And the report on Myanmar will also be a part of their global findings.