AU programme addresses threats of landmines
from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – AN explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) training programme the Commission of the African Union (AU), in partnership with United Nations Mine Action Services (UNMAS) and the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS), has organised is ongoing in Nairobi.
The programme is scheduled to run until November 7.
The training, which is convened under the AU Mine Action and Explosive
Management Program, brings together twenty three (23) Mine Action
practitioners from selected AU Member States to undergo basic and
intermediate EOD training.
On behalf of the AU, Ambassador Fred Ngoga-Gateretse, Acting Head of the
Mission Analysis Cell of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM),
welcomed the participants and thanked the UNMAS and HPSS for providing the technical expertise and facilities for organizing the training.
He also commended the strides taken by the respective countries in
eradicating landmines and other explosive remnants of war as a key
component to any post-conflict situation which, of necessity, needs
consolidation of peace and security, as well as the undertaking of
post-conflict reconstruction and development.
UNMAS representative, Nick Van Elsacker, stated that the training
initiative was a milestone in AU’s continued commitment to supporting AU
member states in addressing the threat of landmines, Unexploded Ordnance and Improvised Explosive Devices on the African continent.
Speaking on behalf of the HPSS, Col Gitonga, the Commandant of the School,
urged the participants to work hard and muster skills so as to be able to
reduce the devastating humanitarian and socio-economic impact of mines.
According to organisers, the AU Commission remains committed to supporting Member States in their mine action activities, including in the
development of national mine-action capacities and support for national
– CAJ News
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