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Anti personnel mines conference opens in Santiago; Chile free of minefields by 2020

Tuesday, November 29th 2016 - 08:02 UTC
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Ambassadors and representatives of nations that signed the Ottawa Convention called on Monday in Santiago for a quicker clearing of minefields, so that by 2025 the world will be completely free of landmines. Read full article


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  • Marti Llazo

    “This progress allows us to guarantee that Chile will be free of anti-personnel mines by 2020, five years before the time agreed upon by the cosignatories of the treaty,....”

    Actually the agreed-upon date was 01 March 2012 but Chile moved the goalposts. No mention of that in the article.

    Back in April of 2011 Chile established the 2020 date in consultation with the mine-removal convention members. So that is sort of old news. No mention of that in the article.

    Chile's government website purporting to show the locations of all of its existing hot minefields fails to indicate some of the minefields that we observe during our monthly drive to Punta Arenas. Unless the wire and minefield signs in three languages are just, you know, chamullo. Also not mentioned in the article.

    Of course, without hostile neighbours Chile would not have needed defensive minefields at all. Also not mentioned in the article.

    Nov 29th, 2016 - 01:42 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Think

    Neither are they removing them mines from Picton & Lennox...:-(
    Some black sands waiting for me there since the seventies...

    Nov 29th, 2016 - 06:41 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Marti Llazo

    Nobody wants you in Picton and Lennox, nor any other argie types without permission and chaperones. We all know what happens with uninvited argies.

    Besides, the gold ran out there a long time ago.

    Nov 29th, 2016 - 10:47 pm - Link - Report abuse +2

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