“Sri Lanka has achieved excellent results in the demining. The country can complete demining process soon in continuing the present institutional setup and machinery, said United Nation’s Resident Representative Subinay Nandy said at the progress review meeting of the National Mine Action Programme.
The meeting was held at the Economic Development Ministry under the patronage of Minister Basil Rajapaksa yesterday.
The UN representative said Sri Lanka could progress well in the mine clearing operation due to the well coordinated efforts by the Economic Development Ministry through the mine Action Centre. The center was able to bring together donors, demining organizations, government institutions and people employed under the programme and well manage the process.
“The works carried out by the Ministry and the centre in this humanitarian movement is tremendous and now Sri Lanka can share its demining experience with other countries”, he said. Minister Basil Rajapaksa said the progress made by the country in demining helped to expedite reconstruction and resettlement works and initiate numerous development programmes in the conflict affected area. Initially, 2,061 square kilometres were confirmed as hazardous areas contaminated with mines, booby traps including IDS and other explosive.