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UN agency project aims to clear landmines from Bosnia and Herzegovina

March 11, 2004

Bosnia and Herzegovina - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced a multimillion dollar project to help Bosnia and Herzegovina - Europe's most heavily landmine-affected country - eliminate the deadly threat posed by those weapons.

Surveys have so far identified an estimated 670,000 mines and 650,000 pieces of unexploded ordnance (UXOs) at 10,000 locations, blighting more than 4 per cent of the total territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to the agency. Only 10 per cent of these areas have been cleared.

The five-year, $11.8 million project aims to help the Government by setting up a national office to issue tenders for anti-mine activities while providing continued funding for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre.

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