On the morning of Tuesday, May 30, an international forum on mines was organized, titled “For a safe and mine-free Africa. Algeria is a pioneering experience in combating anti-personnel mines.” This was organized by the Ministry of Mujahideen and People with Rights, in coordination with the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the national community abroad. .
The forum is part of the activities of the Joint Ministerial Committee to follow up on the implementation of the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty. The presence of the Minister of Mujahideen, Eid Rabika, the Executive Secretary of the Joint Ministerial Committee in charge of implementing the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty, the Director of the Mine Ban Treaty Support Unit and executives from the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Mujahideen and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were known. And the representative of the Presidency of the Republic, in addition to the revolutionary family and mine victims.
The forum began with a speech by the Minister of Mujahideen, Eid Rabika, who affirmed, “The new Algeria, by virtue of its historical past linked to the African continent, is working hard to strengthen African cooperation and solidarity in all fields. This was confirmed by the President of the Republic on many occasions.”
On this occasion, Minister Eid Rabika recalled the suffering of the victims of anti-personnel mines, who are affected by the millions of mines planted in the world, stressing “Algeria’s permanent readiness to extend its hand to all organizations, to raise the challenge of mines and reduce the threats they leave.”
In this regard, the minister indicated that anti-mine fields have spread terribly in the world, which is one of the most prominent dilemmas that have claimed the lives of innocent people.
He added that Africa “represented the continent most affected by mine residues as a result of the colonial past. Today, it is striving to reduce it.”
He also praised the pioneering role played by the army in clearing the southern areas contaminated with anti-mines, after they were forbidden areas. He explained that “the efforts made in this regard by our army necessitate that we raise a salute of respect and reverence for it.”
It is noteworthy that Algeria has adopted a plan to provide for mine victims by protecting and compensating the victims, as well as their families. The minister affirmed that mine victims benefit from social security and the necessary means they need.
In a recorded speech by the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, she praised Algeria’s role in such activities that aim to sensitize the world about the danger of these mines and plead for their victims.
By the way, the testimonies of mine victims who gave interventions about their psychological and physical suffering with their remnants were heard. They also called for the need to respect the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty.
This will continue tomorrow, the work program of the forum, which is the first of its kind in Algeria and Africa.
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