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In turbulent world, mine action is concrete step towards peace: UN Chief
The 'International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action' (IMA-AMA) was observed with the theme "Advancing Protection, Peace and Development" on April 4 by the UN Agencies and civil society organizations working for the rehabilitation and welfare of those who survived the mine blasts and got maimed.

According to the UN, the theme of the observance echoes the vision of the Secretary-General and his reforms of the peace and security architecture comprising the entire humanitarian, peace building and sustainable development continuum.

On the occasion of the observance, UN Chief Antonio Guterres, in his message said, "An unprecedented volume of landmines and unexploded weapons contaminates rural and urban war zones, maiming and killing innocent civilians long after conflict has ended."

"Mine action is vital. Roads cleared of explosive devices enable peacekeepers to patrol and protect civilians. And when fields are cleared and schools and hospitals are made safe, normal life can resume," he added.

The UN Chief urged all governments to provide political and financial support to enable mine action work to continue, wherever it is needed.

"In our turbulent world, mine action is a concrete step towards peace," he reasoned.

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