ICBL conducts first mission to Myanmar/Burma

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines conducted a first ever visit to Myanmar/Burma from May 19 to 23.

The ICBL is a global network of 100 countries that work together towards a goal of a world free of antipersonnel landmines. The ICBL was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for its efforts in bringing around the Mine Ban Treaty. Its work now focuses on making the treaty a reality.

The ICBL first met with representatives from the President's Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Myanmar Peace Centre, and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. It then visited the Myanmar Disabled Ex-Army Village in order to speak with more than 100 military survivors of landmines.

The group of ICBL members was lead by the ICBL Diplomatic Advisor, Satnam Singh, along with ICBL campaigner and Landmine Monitor editor Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan and two representatives of the newly created Myanmar Campaign to Ban Landmines.

They discussed the major issues of landmines with the government. The representatives from the government acknowledged the importance of clearing out land mines as part of the integral process to making the country more stable and peaceful.

"During our mission it became evident that there is an understanding throughout all levels of the Myanmar government of the urgent need for mine clearance to secure future peace," Moser-Puangsuwan, Landmine Monitor editor, said.