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Libya and Egypt: Land Mines

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide assistance to the Libyan and Egyptian Governments to help clear land mines between Tobruk and El Alamein left over from the Second World War. (317331)

The Government are fully committed to ending the suffering caused by anti-personnel landmines. We continue to encourage Libya and Egypt to sign the Ottawa convention, which would give them greater access to international and UK demining assistance and victim support. In May 2009, we provided the Egyptian Government with all Ministry of Defence-held information, including maps, relating to landmines in North West Egypt. We have also provided the Libyan Government with similar information. In 2007, the Department for International Development, which has lead responsibility for international demining assistance, contributed £250,000 to a UN Development Programme mine clearance project in Egypt.