‘’Imagine Tomorrow Free of Mines’’ Exhibition Opened in Zagreb
In the spirit of 20th anniversary, ITF Enhancing Human Security (ITF) and Embassy of Republic of Slovenia in Croatia hosted a reception and opening of the exhibition “Imagine Tomorrow Free of Mines” in Zagreb, Croatia. The exhibition marks the two-decade development of ITF activities through different regions and activity areas in humanitarian mine action.
The event was opened by Slovenian Ambassador to Republic of Croatia H.E. Ms Smiljana Knez, ITF Director Ambassador Tomaž Lovrenčič, Director of Croatian Mine Action Centre (CROMAC) Zdravko Modrušan and representative of US Embassy in Zagreb Daniel Carroll. Ambassador Smiljana Knez stated: "With today’s reception we want to thank the donors of ITF, and hope to continue our cooperation in the future." United States of America have supported ITF activities in Croatia since the very beginning, providing over 33 million of US dollars for mine action.
ITF has supported clearance of mines and other explosive remnants of war in Croatia since 1999, raising over 77 million dollars of donor funds and clearing more than 32 million square meters of contaminated land. 2017 was an important milestone for CROMAC and Croatia as it was the first year without any mine victims. Director of CROMAC Zdravko Modrušan finished his speech by saying: “Croatia still has the problem of landmine contamination, but with contributions to ITF and Croatia, the goal is in sight."
ITF was actively involved in Croatia’s mine action efforts until 2017 and continues to support its conventional weapons destruction as well as physical security and stockpile management programs.
We express our gratitude to the donors, long-time partners and friends of ITF in supporting us and our cause throughout the years. We hope to continue our cooperation in the future, ultimately achieving a mine free status in Croatia.