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UK to help clear landmines in Sri Lanka

UK to help clear landmines in Sri Lanka

Colombo: Britain will fund an additional 2.1 million pound program to clear landmines and explosive remnants from the Tamil-dominated former war zone in northern Sri Lanka.

The fund was launched by British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The fund will be provided over the next 2 years for the program which will clear landmines from some of the most heavily mined areas of the country.

The program will allow heavily contaminated land to be returned to local communities so that it can be used for building livelihoods, as well as schools and roads.

Speaking at a press conference to mark the end of his visit, Prime Minister Cameron said, “As part of our support for reconciliation efforts across this country, we will provide an additional 2.1 million pounds to support demining work in Jaffna, in Kilinochchi and in Mullaitivu districts — the location of some of the most chilling scenes from Channel 4’s No Fire Zone documentary.”

The funding will clear approximately 2 million square metres of land per year in the most complex, heavily mined areas of the country. Complete clearance is expected in the district of Jaffna and near complete clearance in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts.

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