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05.04.2017 16:21 Security, Belarus — EU

Belarus destroys entire stock of PFM-1 landmines

By Vyachaslaw Budkevich, BelaPAN
Minsk, 5 April. Belarus has destroyed its entire stock of 3.4 million liquid-containing PFM-1 anti-personnel landmines, fully meeting its obligations under the Ottawa mine ban treaty, according to the Belarusian defense ministry's press office.
The last remaining 78 PFM-1 mines were expected to be destroyed at a European Union-funded facility near Rechytsa, Homyel region, on April 5. A ceremony featuring EU diplomats was scheduled to be held at the site on the same day.
The €4-million facility was built by Spain's Explosivos Alaveses SA in the early 2010s.
By the time the facility was completed, Belarus had already destroyed its entire stockpile of nearly 295,000 TNT-containing anti-personnel landmines, with financial support coming from Canada and Lithuania.
Belarus was said to have the world's seventh-largest anti-personnel landmine stock when the treaty took effect.




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