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Defense

Belgium supports the government in demining actions in the province of Kwanza Sul

The angolan government and the belgian non-governmental organization Apopo signed this Wednesday, in Luanda, a memorandum of understanding to detect, remove and destroy mines in the province of Kwanza Sul, which has financial support from Belgium.

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At the event, which was attended by the minister of Social Action, Family and Women Promotion, Faustina Sousa, the belgian ambassador to Angola, Josef Smets, said, without disclosing the concrete value for this operation, which is available for this year a credit line of 436 thousand euros destined to the consolidation of peace.

"With this type of funding, Belgium wants to help build lasting peace situations. It is about addressing the causes of instability, helping with prevention, mediation, dispute resolution, resolving the consequences of conflicts and even supporting efforts aimed at prevent potential relapses in crises," said the Belgian diplomat.

In turn, the angolan government official stressed that explosive devices still create constraints in some parts of the country.

According to the minister, Angola is still facing the problem of mines and other unexploded ordnance in almost the entire national territory, so this agreement financed by Belgium will contribute to accelerate demining actions, with combined capacities in the province of Kwanza Sul.

The partnership also includes actions to educate and prevent accidents with mines and other unexploded ordnance, with a view to relaunching agriculture, livestock, industry and tourism, in addition to the circulation of people and goods.

The program will be carried out by the National Demining Institute, which will make use of its mechanical demining capacity, Hitachi model, of Japanese origin, while Apopo will make use of its manual and animal capacity, with rats, in demining operations.