Nations to Form Land-Mine Removal Center
"In this way we can give back to the countries who helped us when we needed it most."
- Avil Ramirez, Nicaraguan defense minister
Managua, Nicaragua - Defense ministers from across the Americas agreed Wednesday to create an international land-mine removal center and many called for joint military missions for disaster relief and peacekeeping worldwide.
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld joined ministers from more than 30 Latin American and Caribbean nations in approving Nicaragua's proposal to open an international center in Managua for removing land mines around the globe, Nicaraguan Defense Minister Avil Ramirez said.