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The FSD demining teams operate in the government-controlled areas as well as in the LTTE-controlled area for a safe civilian ressetlement

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Handover ceremony in the village Silavathuri in presence of Henri Leu, FSD President

Example : FSD mine action in a balance between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka

Since 2002 the FSD has been operating in the districts of Vavuniya and Mannar in the northern part of the country. FSD has signed an agreement for a cooperation both with the Sri Lankan government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In spite of the political upheaval that continuously rock this country, the FSD has kept on working since the start of its operations in parallel with both the government and the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) and its integrated Humanitarian Demining Unit. Several thousand people in 25 different zones have benefi ted directly or indirectly from the FSD work without ethnic or religious distinctions. In the Vavuniya district, 527 families of fishermen and farmers are benefiting from demined schools, land and hospitals. In Silavathuri (in the southern part of Mannar district), over 200 families will soon be able to return home. Moreover, the general mine action assessment team continued to visit potentially mine-polluted villages and other suspected territories. The team has drawn up 378 assessment reports including precise mapping of the risk areas. This information is subsequently used by the authorities to prioritize further demining operations.

 

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