Press Conference on Japan’s Contribution to Support Mine Action in Sudan
On 28 March 2017 UNMAS, Sudan National Mine Action Center (NMAC) and the Embassy of Japan co-hosted a press conference on Japan’s contribution of USD 906,000 to UNMAS for humanitarian mine action in Sudan. UNMAS Programme Manager Mr. Habibulhaq Javed appreciated the support of the government of Japan, which was followed by the speeches of NMAC Director Brigadier Aamir Abdel Sadeq and His Excellency Ambassador Hideki Ito. The event was attended by 30 journalists from 20 renowned newspapers and broadcasting stations in Sudan.
Japan is major donor for mine action globally. Since 1998
Japan is major donor for mine action globally. Since 1998 the Government of Japan has contributed USD 186 million to UNMAS. In his speech, H.E. Ambassador Hideki Ito mentioned “I am happy that the Government of Japan can continue to support part of UNMAS activities this year as well. I feel that it is courage and bravery of those who are engaged in clearance of mines on the ground that saves innocent lives.”
Brig. Aamir Abdel Sadeq expressed his appreciation to the people of Japan for its continuous contribution in mine action in Sudan. He also stressed that “We are highly committed towards our obligations under
Ottawa Treaty and Sudan will continue its contribution and further accelerate our own initiative in Mine Action.” In answering one of the questions, UNMAS programme manager said “This year’s project will further accelerate our mine action effort to achieve one of our important milestone, Eastern States free from known landmine contamination.”
Currently 9 out of 18 states in Sudan, covering 28 million m2 remain contaminated with landmines and explosive hazards. The government of Sudan is committed to meet all the Ottawa treaty obligation of clearing all the known landmines and explosive hazards by April 2019, however ongoing armed conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states pose as major hindrance to it in addition to the need for funding of USD 75 million. The contribution will enable NMAC and UNMAS to clear 500,000 m2 of landmines and explosive hazards contaminated land in eastern states, provide risk educations to assist 50,000 people living in affected areas, and support explosive hazards/landmine survivors and other persons with disabilities.