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OSCE Office in Tajikistan holds roundtable discussion on landmine awareness

20.09.2016

FAROB, Tajikistan, 20 September 2016 – The OSCE Office in Tajikistan in partnership with the Tajikistan National Mine Action Centre and local authorities organized today a roundtable discussion on landmine threats awareness in Farob. The event was a culmination of a four-month public awareness campaign, which included broadcasting of risk awareness clips on Tajikistan national TV and radio as well as a painting competition in districts under landmine threat.

Muhabbat Ibrohimzoda, Director of Tajikistan’s National Mine Action Centre said: “Landmines are silent and hidden killers. They don’t differentiate and strike regardless whether it is a military or a civilian; an old man or a child, a woman or a man. They impose an immense psychological pressure upon surrounding communities..” Ibrohimzoda also noted that landmines deny access to usable farming and pasturing lands.

Fabio Piana, Acting Head of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan, underlined: “We strongly believe that the efforts carried out in partnership with the Tajikistan National Mine Action Centre will help to raise awareness among populations living in areas contaminated by mines, unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants and contribute to a reduction in the number of mine victims in Tajikistan.”
“The OSCE Office in Tajikistan has been one of the strongest supporters of humanitarian Mine Action in Tajikistan since 2003,” said Fejzo Numanaj, Head of the OSCE’s Office’s Politico-Military Department. “In 2016, for the first time, the OSCE also supported mine risk education activities in the country.”

The event is part of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan’s support to the Government of Tajikistan in fulfilling its obligations under the Mine Ban Treaty.

For PDF attachments or links to sources of further information, please visit: http://www.osce.org/tajikistan/265701

Contacts:

Munira Shoinbekova, OSCE Office in Tajikistan
18a Ahmadi Donish Avenue
734012 Dushanbe
Tajikistan
office: +992 37 2265014 /15 /16 /17 /18
mobile: +992 988040434
fax: +992 37 2265019