Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rid Mindanao of landmines, says group

From the Mindanao Standard Today (Nov 14): Rid Mindanao of landmines, says group

The Philippine Campaign to Ban Land mines and the Foundation Suisse De Deminage on Wednesday urged the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to sit down with their representatives and discuss how to go about clearing areas in Mindanao of unexploded ordnance. According to, the official website of the MILF, FCBL national coordinator Alfredo Ferrariz Lubang and FSD program manager Craid Willis sent a joint letter addressed to Marvic Leonen, chairperson of the government’s peace panel and his MILF counterpart Mohagher Iqbal, and urged them to start conducting anti-personnel landmines clearance in the conflict-affected zones in Mindanao. “PCBL and FSD informed both panels that the European Union has given financial support towards the implementation of the Joint Landmines/Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Clearance Project, which is in accordance with the ‘Guidelines for the Implementation of the PCBL-FSD Project’ signed in May 2010 in Kuala Lumpur by both panels,” the MILF said. “PCBL and FSD also stressed the importance of the implementation of all signed agreements between the government and the MILF towards the benefit of the communities affected by the armed conflict, which the two organizations as a great opportunity to further collaborative work in helping the ongoing peace process by implementing one of the earlier signed agreements.”

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