Colombian Delegation in Israel to Learn how to Clear Land Mines

An UNIFIL's Cambodian mine expert demonstrates his work on April 23, 2014 in the UN-controlled buffer zone, where demining operations are being conducted under the auspices of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), near the village of Mammari. A 21-strong Cambodian demining unit brought to Cyprus from the …

The Jerusalem Post reports: Just a week after the Colombian government signed a historic peace agreement with the FARC terrorist organization, a Colombian delegation arrived in Israel to receive training on one of the major post-conflict challenges facing Bogota: how to clear land mines.

After Afghanistan, Colombia has had more people killed by land mines recently than any country in the world, with the mines that are spread across the countryside estimated to have killed over 11,000 people in the last 25 years.

The eight-member delegation is receiving instruction from the Defense Ministry’s National Mine Action Authority.

The IDF is not involved in the program.

Israel’s participation in assisting mine-clearing efforts in Colombia is part of a major campaign launched by the Colombian government, the US and Norway. Those three countries convened a donating conference in May – while the peace negotiations between the government and FARC were still taking place – during which Israel took part and determined where its experience could be of help.

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