Thousands have fallen victim to landmines. Photo: Zin Win/IRIN
YANGON, 22 October 2012 (IRIN) - A major Norwegian demining NGO says it is ready to begin mine-clearing in southeastern Myanmar once it receives a green light.
“As soon as we get the go-ahead from both the government and relevant ethnic groups, we can start doing a survey, and then clearance,” Andreas Indregard, country director for NGO Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) in Myanmar, told IRIN. “From our side, we’re ready to act.”
On 26 September NPA signed an agreement with the Burmese government for the clearance of landmines in Kayah State (eastern Myanmar), Karen and Mon states, as well as the Tanintharyi and Bago regions (all in southern Myanmar).