Ambassador of Japan’s visit to Demining Leadership Training in Khartoum
The Ambassador of Japan receives a briefing from UNMAS Program Manager in Sudan
On 17 August, 2016, His Excellency Hideki Ito the Ambassador of Japan visited and observed UNMAS activity “Demining Leadership Training” at Elaphone training center in the south of Khartoum, Sudan. The Japanese delegation was accompanied by the Habibulhaq Javed, the programme manager and country representative of United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Sudan, and Col. Aamir Abdel Sadeq, Director of National Mine Action Center (NMAC). The demining leadership training, funded by Japan, is an important part of national capacity building in mine action, which is one of key objectives of UNMAS in Sudan.
In his speech, the Ambassador or Japan mentioned “Conflicts are not over until their remnants are cleared. Japan is pleased to contribute to put a real end to the conflict through this project so that people can enjoy a safe and normal life. I would like to stress that landmines must be removed not only to save lives but also to open up new chances for economic development of the country”. He made a special remark in regard to the government of Sudan’s commitment towards obligations of the Ottawa treaty.
Demining leadership training will provide both NMAC and national demining NGOs employees with required skills to lead demining teams. The training will help strengthening national capacity on mine action programme in Sudan.
Earlier this year, the government of Japan donated 2.1 million dollars to UNMAS for mine action operations in Sudan and assist Sudan in fulfilling Ottawa treaty obligation. The fund is covering a variety of mine action operations including land release, mine risk education and victim assistance, and national capacity building
Having suffered from a number of long lasting armed conflicts since 1953, there is still 28.5 million square meters of land contaminated by landmines and other explosives in Sudan. Majority of mine contamination is in South Kordofan, Kassala, Blue Nile and Red Sea states