Peru and Ecuador destroyed over 10,000 landmines along border

11.10.2016 - Pressenza London

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Peru and Ecuador destroyed over 10,000 landmines along border
Map of the disputed territories before the end of the conflict (Image by Haylli for Wikimedia Commons)

A report published in the Andina Newspaper confirms that “Peru and Ecuador have destroyed over 10,500 anti-personnel landmines placed during the countries’ military conflict as part of humanitarian demining works, Ecuador President Rafael Correa affirmed during the opening of the 10th Peru-Ecuador Binational Cabinet on Friday.

“The Ecuadorian Head of State assured said achievement is an example of mutually beneficial cooperation, following the border treaty that ended the nations’ dispute.
“As far as we know, this is the first time two countries in conflict undertake demining works the way we do. We have cleared an area of over 463,000 square meters, destroying over 10,500 mines between 2000 and September 2015,” he stressed”…“After 18 years, friendship and cooperation ties are irreversible. Peace has taken the form of projects, some completed, others underway and others coming up, to provide communities with services, border security, as well as to join through infrastructure and connectivity,” he stated. President Correa also expressed his appreciation to Peru for the humanitarian aid provided following the earthquake that hit his country last April 16, Ecuador’s worst tragedy over the last 70 years.”
The Huffington Post has published also images of soldiers sweeping the jungle for landmines.
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