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The Republic of Slovenia is a Central European country about the size of New
Jersey, with a population of two million inhabitants. After World War I, Austria-Hungary
disintegrated and Slovenia joined the new state, the Kingdom of the Serbs,
Croats and Slovenes. The people of Slovenia voted for independence and sovereignty
at a national referendum held on Dec. 23, 1990, and on June 26, 1991, the
Republic of Slovenia proclaimed its independence.
and UXO Overview: Slovenia still has a problem with landmines leftover
from both world wars and a short independence war in 1991. Most of the World
War I ordnance consists of unexploded cannon grenades and to a lesser degree,
unexploded mines and other devices from World War II and the 1991 war are
a problem. The Yugoslav Army laid most of the mine fields around military
targets. While most of the unexploded devices have been cleared, it is unknown
exactly how many mines remain.
Slovenia implements demining under the framework of the Civil Defense of the
Republic of Slovenia. The Slovene Civil Defense and the Slovene Army Forces
clear most UXO. Most emphasis is placed on the training and educating of the
130 troops equipped for demining. One of The Republic of Slovenia's biggest
steps in demining has been to set up the International Trust Fund for Demining
and for the Assistance of Mine Victims in Bosnia and Herzegovina on March
12, 1998. The Trust Fund is committed to helping Bosnia in its current landmine
problem, and eventually helping them establish their own demining programs.
Trust Fund for Demining and
Victims Assistance in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mr. Jernej Cimpersek
Phone: +386 61
179 65 80