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Japan gives UNMAS $2m for mine-clearing operations

Japan gives UNMAS $2m for mine-clearing operations

Mar 24, 2016 - 15:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The government of Japan has contributed through Voluntary Trust Fund (VTF) to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) for operations in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The contribution would benefit an estimated 13,198 people living within 500m ofcontaminated areas. The number of indirect beneficiaries is estimated at 456,885, according to the embassy of Japan.

A statement from the embassy said the contribution would facilitate the clearance of an estimated 1.76 million squaremetres of recorded landmine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in Kandahar, Kunduz, andFarah provinces.

Jeffrey McMurdo, UNMAS programme manager in Afghanistan, said: "As we continue to worktowards the deadline of a mine‐free Afghanistan in 2023, Japan's generous contribution is a reminder of itslong‐standing commitment to this goal.

“The funding will create secure communities, much‐needed jobs,more land for productive use and perhaps most importantly at this time, hope for a return to a peacefulAfghanistan. Afghanistan once was mine‐free. It will be again."

Mohammad Shafiq Yosufi, director of the Afghan Government’s Directorate for Mine Action Coordination(DMAC), said: “The government and people of Afghanistan are grateful to the Japanese government and citizens for enabling the much needed clearance and risk educationinfo-icon incommunities across the country…”

Yasunari Morino, chargé d‘affaires ad interim at the Japanese embassy, said: “Japan shares the goal withUNMAS of a mine‐free Afghanistan by 2023. Mine clearance sets a basic condition for development such asinfrastructure and agricultureinfo-icon, which contributes to the improvement of the socio‐economic situation inAfghanistan.

“Based on this belief, Japan has been assisting mine clearance projects through the VTF. Japanwill continue to assist the efforts in the nation building by Afghanistan in various areas.”


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