Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs top visits NPA in Bosnia and Herzegovina
A Swiss delegation recently visited Norwegian People's Aid's humanitarian Mine Action Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well the NPA Global Training Center for Mine Detection Dogs located in the village of Blagovac outside of Sarajevo. The delegation was led by the Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Didier Burkhalter.
NPA briefed the Swiss group about landmine problems and relevant mine action activities and results in Bosnia and Herzegovina, upon which NPA gave a tour of the Global Training Center for Mine Detection Dogs to the delegation. At the centre NPA breeds and trains dogs of the type Malinois, providing NPA programmes and partners worldwide with mine and explosive detection dogs for operational work.
The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs is one of NPA’s main donors in Bosnia and Herzegovina, having provided 3,5 million Swiss francs to NPA in the period 2003-13 for mine clearance, capacity building of the BiH Army Demining Battalion, and to the NPA Global Training Center for Mine Detection Dogs.
NPA Programme Manager Darvin Lisica stressed the need for continued donor support to finish the job in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as plenty of work remains in order to clear areas littered with landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants after the war 1992-95.
Read more on how Norwegian People's Aid works with mine action in Bosnia and Herzegovina