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U.S. Spent $1B to Remove Land Mines

Monday, 19 December 2005 12:00 AM

The United States has seen continued progress in its worldwide efforts to remove dangerous land mines, the State Department said Monday.

Total U.S. funding for global mine removal in 2005, through the U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program, exceeded $1 billion. This program, begun in 1993, seeks to alleviate effects of land mines left after armed conflicts. It includes mine removal, mine risk education, mine survivors assistance and research and development on land mine detection and clearance.

In 2005, the United States also began to implement its ban on nondetectable land mines, and noted its contribution to Guatemala in achieving mine-free status.

The United States also assumed the chairmanship of the Mine Action Support Group, consisting of mine action donor countries, in December.

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