International mine awarenesscampaign was held here on Saturday as the world marks the 10th UN International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action designated by the United Nations.
Under the theme for this year’s day—More than Mines — the ceremony was held at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel and jointly organized by civil service organizations and NGOs.
Yangon region’s Chief Minister U Myint Swe said the number disabled persons has been increasing due to internal conflicts, adding that Myanmar opposes the use of land mines.
Myanmar has commemorated this day two consecutive years in 2013 at Myanmar Peace Centre and in 2014 in Loikaw, Kayah State. Dr Su Su Thar Tun, senior advisor at the UN on Peace and Development, read the message of UN Secretary-General, followed by explanation of Mr. Yann Faivre, programme director at Handicap International, on challenges of mine clearance works.
Later, Lt-Col Thant Zin, chairman of Peace Myanmar Aid Foundation, appreciated the guests, and the chief minister looked around land mine detected items and pictures displayed at the ceremony. Government and ethnic armed group signed draft ceasefire agreement last week after a marathon talks since President U Thein Sein administration has taken office in 2011.
With more than US$2.4 billion in assistance in over 90 countries for conventional weapons destruction programs since 1993, the United Nations has applied mine action expertise to an increasingly wide range of explosive hazards, from unexploded missiles, artillery shells, rockets, grenades and mortars, to unsafe and unsecured weapons and ammunition, improvised explosive devices and cluster bombs.