Australia contributes more to landmine clearing in Afghanistan
CANBERRA, April 4 (Xinhua) — Australia has decided to commit another 10 million dollars (9.1 million U.S. dollars) on landmine clearance in Afghanistan, said Foreign Minister Stephen Smith hereon Friday.
Speaking on International Mine Action Day, Smith told ABC Radio that there was a significant economic drain on Afghanistan because vast areas of land could not be used productively.
“There is a terrible landmine problem in Afghanistan with many millions of mines left scattered,” he said.
Afghanistan remains one of the most extensively-mined nations on earth.
Australia has already devoted considerable cash and resources towards ridding Afghanistan of landmines.