Republic of the Congo Is Mine-free

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The Repubic of Congo.
The Repubic of Congo.
Map courtesy of CIA World Factbook.

In January 2012, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of the Congo asked Norwegian People’s Aid to assist in fulfilling its Article 5 obligations to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on Their Destruction (Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention or APMBC). In fall 2012, NPA conducted a Non-Technical Survey with a representative from the APMBC Implementation Support Unit within its mine action program headquarters in adjacent Democratic Republic of the Congo.1 NPA’s NTS found no evidence of areas containing mines or explosive remnants of war in ROC.2

Republic of the Congo lacks a national mine action authority; MAG (Mines Advisory Group) was the sole clearance organization within the country. In 2011, the European Commission provided €579,530 (US$706,041) to MAG for battle area clearance and community liaison acitvities3,4

MAG reports that between 2008 and 2010, under a grant from the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA), its team destroyed 771,162 items of ERW in ROC.1 Between 2007 and 2008, MAG demolished 18 stockpiles of cluster munitions and returned in February 2011 to clear near the Maya-Maya Airport in Brazzaville, where a fire reportedly resulting from an electrical fault detonated a submunition within an ammunition storage area, scattering ERW in the surrounding area.1 This project was also funded by PM/WRA; total PM/WRA funding for both projects was $1,120,000. c

~by Eric Keefer, CISR staff


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