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International Demining, Mine Sweeping Conference Ends Work in Tehran

Source: Fars News Agency

The three-day International Conference on Demining and Mine Sweeping ended up work here in Tehran on Thursday.

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An exhibition of indigenous achievements in the field of demining and mine-finding robots was held on the sidelines of the conference.

The conference was sponsored by the Defense Ministry's Department for Civil Defense, Iran's Demining Center and Malek Ashtar Industrial University in order to increase knowledge about the importance of demining in health care, transportation, environment, economy, to suggest new ways and technologies on demining, to expand of contribution and exchange of knowledge and information in this regard, to know the latest achievements and advanced know-how for demining in the world and to elucidate Iran's stance in this regard.

Meantime, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi underlined Tehran's respect for all international demining conventions and treaties, and said Iran is also mulling accession to Ottawa Convention in this regard.

"There are international treaties on demining and we respect their content. There is the Ottawa Convention and we are mulling accession to that convention," Vahidi said on the sidelines of the conference.

The Ottawa Treaty or the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, officially known as the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, aims at eliminating anti-personnel landmines (AP-mines) around the world.

The international conference on demining kicked off at Tehran's permanent International Fairgrounds on Tuesday along with an exhibition of modern demining methods and a demining robot competition.

The three-day event was attended by Iranian and foreign military and civilian officials whose main goal is to find practical solutions for removing landmines and decreasing injuries and deaths caused by them.

According to some participants, there are around 120-140 million mines planted worldwide and for every mine removed, six mines are planted.

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