UN chief calls for elimination of landmines

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Ban Ki-moon joins Lend your Leg Campaign

Governments around the world have been urged to work with the United Nations to eliminate landmines and explosive remnants of war for a safe sustainable world.

The call comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message marking the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, observed Wednesday 4 April.

The Secretary-General said these weapons hamper development and endanger lives.

Mr. Ban said that on International Day of Mine Awareness, staff members of the United Nations are participating in a campaign to show support and compassion for survivors of landmines.

"This Day shines a spotlight on the horrendous damage inflicted by mines. Mines render land unusable. They make roads dangerous, keeping people from school, work, clinics or the local well. They make the delivery of humanitarian assistance more difficult or even impossible. The use of mines by armed groups, militias and armies is unacceptable."

Duration: 26"

The Secretary-General urged all states around the world to adhere to the treaties that ban antipersonnel land mines and cluster munitions, as well as the one on the rights of persons with disabilities.

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