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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Banning of Landmines: Government and LTTE urged

[b]Banning of Landmines: Government and LTTE urged[/b]

By Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

[b]Colombo, 11 February, ([/b] The Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum (LBAF) welcomes the willingness of the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to hold talks on strengthening the effective implementation of the Cease Fire Agreement in Switzerland.

Over 200 persons have been killed in the escalating violence during the past two months. The lives of civilians have been severely affected especially in the North and East of the country. The deteriorating security situation has also had serious effects on the work of organizations involved in relief, reconstruction and de-mining.

Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum reveals that in Sri Lanka, an estimated 1 - 1.5 million anti-personnel mines contaminate the districts of the North and East. In 2002, a comprehensive humanitarian mine action programme was launched, but the remnants of two decades of conflict in Sri Lanka; landmines, unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices continue to have a serious impact on Sri Lankan society.

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