University General Assembly 3


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"Landmines are among the most barbaric weapons of war, because they continue to kill and maim innocent people long after the war itself has ended. Also, fear of them keeps people off the land, and thus prevents them from growing food." As stated by Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, the removal of landmines is very important as someone is killed by a landmine every 20 minutes. Victims who don't die from the blast end up maimed for life living with the impossibility of a disabled person finding a job; the shame of being a burden to family and community; the reduced likelihood of marriage, and children.

Afghanistan has suffered greatly from war since 1978, and all sides to the various armed conflicts have used antipersonnel mines, particularly Soviet forces and the Afghan government from 1979 to 1992. Landmines have been planted indiscriminately over most of the coun...