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Four Provinces in Thailand Have Been Declared Mine-Free Areas

Four provinces, namely Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Chumphon, and Chanthaburi, have been released from land mine contamination, under the obligation of the Ottawa Treaty, to promote human security and development of communities in the affected areas.

 

The Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Thailand Mine Action Center (TMAC), Royal Thai Armed Forces, co-organized a “Briefing on Thailand’s progress in mine clearance” at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok on 25 November 2020.

 

The Chief of Joint Staff of the Royal Thai Armed Forces stated that Thailand has completed more than 90 per cent of its mine clearance work and reaffirmed Thailand’s intention to become a mine-free country by 2023.

 

The Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs reiterated Thailand’s commitment towards the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction – Ottawa Treaty in 1999, which has been acknowledged internationally, in particular for the mine clearance efforts, mine victim assistance and international cooperation.

 

According to a release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the organizing this event underlined Thailand’s unwavering commitment towards disarmament on the international stage.

 

Thailand’s mine clearance operations and the release of further four provinces from land mine contamination are vital to the promotion of human security and development of communities in the affected areas, enabling them to make use of the available land and enjoy safer and more sustainable livelihoods.

 

Source: The Government Public Relations Department

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