Mines Survey Agreement Between   Yemen and UN Signed [Archives:1999/27/Local News]

July 5 1999

An agreement between Yemen and the United Nations was reached for undertaking the initial survey on landmines, which was signed on Monday, June 28. The agreement was signed by Mr. Mutaher Al-Saedy, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and the Chairman of National demining Committee for the Yemeni side and Mr. Yang Yung, UN Assistant Secretary General for Planning Affairs at the United Nations for Peace Keeping Operations, and the Canadian Ambassador to Yemen, Mr. Daniel Hobson, whose country is the major donor of the $1,800,000 which has been earmarked for the survey project.
Mr. Qasim Abdulsalam Al-Shaibani, Head of he National Demining Program, disclosed that the Survey aims to evaluate the extent of the efforts that will be needed to complete the clearing of mines, and to determine their locations. It is anticipated that the Survey results will come out two years from now. The area to be covered by the Survey encompasses about 2,250 villages. The noteworthy aspect of the Survey is that Yemeni women will form 25% of those engaged in Survey.