Colombian Government Requests More Time to Complete Landmines’ Removal

Colombia’s High Peace Commissioner’s office announced on Tuesday morning that the Colombian government has formally requested a five-year extension under the Ottawa Treaty for removing landmines from across the nation.

Colombia’s High Peace Commissioner’s office announced on Tuesday morning that the Colombian government has formally requested a five-year extension under the Ottawa Treaty for removing landmines from across the nation.

In a statement, High Peace Commissioner Miguel Ceballos said that the reason for the extension is to buy more time to finish active de-mining operations. “This corresponds to the de-mining of more than 3 million square meters located in confirmed dangerous areas,” he said.

Colombia was once among the nations where people suffered the most injuries from landmines, a result of more than five decades of armed conflict between right-wing paramilitary forces, drug cartels, the government’s military and left-wing guerrillas. 

The High Peace Commissioner’s office said that over 700 of Colombia’s 1,122 municipalities once had landmines, but 407 of those have been declared free from mines.

The Colombian government will have until the end of 2025 to remove anti-personnel landmines from its territory if the request is granted.


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