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Southeast Asia
Swiss experts to clear unexploded bombs in Mindanao
2012-11-17
Experts from Switzerland will soon begin clearing unexploded bombs in the southern Philippines, after Muslim rebels and the government signed a peace pact.

Dozens of people have been killed or maimed by such unexploded devices on Mindanao and 800,000 are unable to use their farmland because of hazards, said European Union ambassador to the Philippines Guy Ledoux.

He said that the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action had signed a contract last month to implement the $700,000, EU-funded project, at around the same time the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed its peace pact with the government.

Ledoux said, “Both the MILF and the Philippine army side have signified they are ready to implement it (the clearing program). That is very significant, it shows how open the dialogue is between the two parties.”
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