International Mine Awareness Day: Karin Kneissl pushes for a mine-free world

Thousands of people were killed or wounded in mine explosions last year alone, illustrating the urgent need for a mine-free world. Today’s International Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action Day remembers the victims and aims to call on the International Community to continue the efforts for an eradication of anti-personnel mines.

Each year, anti-personnel mines kill hundreds of people around the world, leaving thousands injured. 20 years ago, Austria was among the initiators of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty. As Austria held the Presidency of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty in 2017, I call on our international partners to put more focus on this important humanitarian issue. We remain fully committed to the implementation and will continue to strive for universality of the convention

Foreign Minister Kneissl said in a statement today. “Austria has, for a long time, considered the fight against anti-personnel mines as…

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