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Friday, April 15, 2005

Landmine Challenges Peacekeeping Operation in Ethiopia, Eritrea

The United Nations on Thursday expressed deep concern over rising landmine accidents in the border areas between Ethiopia and Eritrea, where over 3,000 UN peacekeeping forces are monitoring.

Gail Sainte, spokeswoman of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), told journalists that the problem is becoming worse in the western sector of the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ), created four years ago to monitor the two countries' border, where over 70,000 troops were killed in a bloody war.

"In a period of less than two weeks, four mine accidents reported from the western sector. The UNMEE mine action coordination center (MACC) continues to closely monitor the mine threat in the western sector," said Sainte.

It was reported that one civilian was killed last week by landmine in the area while others were wounded.

According to a UN mine threat assessment report in September 2004, the mine threat situation in the area is rated as high.

People's Daily Online

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