Delegation lobbies for completation of mine clearance
Norwegian People’s Aid Mines and Arms Department's Deputy Director recently led a delegation that met and discussed with Yingluck Shinawatra, the Thai Prime Minister.
The delegation also comprised of representatives from Thailand Network for Humanitarian Disarmaments and partners, Fr. Bambang Sipayung, Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific Director, representatives of APOPO, PRO, and the Landmine Survivor Network in Pong Nam Ron District. The purpose of the meeting was to encourage Thailand to finish clearing all known mines by 2018, the deadline under the Article 5 obligation of the Mine Ban Treaty.
Jaruwan Mantieng, NPA Thailand female deminer and Wiboonrat Chanchoo, a female leader of landmine survivors in Thailand from Sakaeo province, informed the Prime Minister that they are proud of their contributions and they believe the Prime Minister shows great support for humanitarian mine action in Thailand.
The delegation received a very warm reception from the Prime Minister where she acknowledged the government’s interest and awareness of the landmine issue, praising all those concerned with their continued work and efforts in this important regard, and that the Royal Thai Government will urge the concerned agencies to clear landmines in the risk areas and fully support landmine survivors.
NPA hope this meeting can revitalize Thailand’s commitment to its Mine Ban Treaty obligations and raise additional support where required.
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