Swiss Federation remains one of the most supportive ITF donors with yet another donation earmarked for demining operations in Bosnia & Herzegovina
International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victim Assistance (ITF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Swiss Federation for donation in the amount of 500.000 Swiss francs. On October 26, 2006 Swiss Federation Ambassador, H.E. Stefan Speck and ITF director Mr. Goran Ga?nik signed the Memorandum of Understanding at ITF premises in Ig.
The latest Swiss contribution is earmarked for »Norwegian People's Aid« (NPA) NGO, which has been active in the field of mine action in Bosnia & Herzegovina since 1996. The donation will be used for support of two demining teams (18 deminers in total) covering the period from April 2006 to September 2007. Swiss Federation has already contributed more than 3.2 million USD for demining operations in SE Europe since 1999.
Bosnia & Herzegovina still remains the country with largest mine problem in the region, where mines represent serious destabilizing factor as they impede sustainable return of refugees to their homes and prevent open access to farms and other infrastructure. Recurrent support for demining activities in Bosnia & Herzegovina from Swiss Federation represents a step ahead towards the implementation of common goal – confidence building and further economic development of the country. With help of international donor community ITF has already cleared more than twenty nine million square meters of mine suspected area in Bosnia & Herzegovina