ITF hosted a press breakfast
A press breakfast hosted by ITF was attended by representatives of Slovenian media. ITF presented a brief presentation of ITF activities in 2006 and strategy for period 2006-2009.
Eventhough ITF continues it's mission in the region of South East Europe, ITF plans in the period from 2006-2009 to intensify it's activities in the regions located outside of South East Europe. Serving its purpose in the field of demining and mine victims assistance, ITF has become a reference organization for projects related to these activities. In the first nine months of 2006 ITF has received donations in the amount of 25 million USD.
Mr. Goran Ga?nik, ITF director has told the journalists that ITF has cleared more than 6,1 mio sq.meters of mine contaminated land in South East Europe alone, with another 500.000 sq. meters cleared in Azerbaijan in 2006. Furthermore more than 800 persons - mine victims have been included in mine victim assistance projects through ITF in 2006.
Year 2006 is especially important for ITF as Macedonia has been declared as the first mine-free country in South East Europe. This year marks the fourth anniversary of ITF presence in the region of Caucasus with strong cooperation between ITF and countries in the Caucasus region - especially in the field of Mine Victim Assistance and Mine Risk Education. Mr. Ga?nik's advisor on International Relations Mr.Iztok Ho?evar drew attention to the fact that ITF is spreading it's activities beyond the region of South East Europe. ITF visited Columbia and Jordan in order to assess and identify possibilities of it's involvement in these mine affected countries.
Until the end of this year ITF plans to carry out regular activities in the field of mine action in the region of South East Europe and to continue to develop and strenghten it's activities in the countries beyond the region of SEE which is in line with ITF strategy 2006-2009.