Saturday, December 7, 2019


DAMASCUS, Syria and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), signed an MoU at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry, in Damascus, on Wednesday. The MoU was signed by the Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Fayssal Mikdad and Director of UNMAS, Agnes Marcaillou.

The MoU gives UNMAS the right to support the efforts by Syria, to clear mines, in order to save the lives of Syrian citizens, from the serious effects of the mines, planted by the armed terrorist groups, in places where they had been positioned, during the years of crisis in Syria.

The two sides also held a meeting, in which they discussed the implementation of the provisions of the memorandum, through cooperation between the Syrian Arab Republic and the United Nations Mine Action Unit.

In turn, Mikdad affirmed, the Syrian Army has made great efforts with friendly forces, to remove the mines. He added, Syria needs sincere efforts of international community, including the UN, to face this great challenge.

For her part, Marcaillou said, the signing of this MoU is an encouraging start for the UN, to take the necessary role, in drawing the attention of citizens and educating them, on the dangers posed by mines to their lives, whether in children's schools or in cities, villages, agricultural lands, factories and elsewhere.

She pointed out that UNMAS will make every possible effort to mobilise the financial resources required to accomplish this task, in full cooperation with the Syrian government.

In a press statement following the signing ceremony, Mikdad pointed out that, the work according to the MoU will begin in specific areas and then move to all parts of Syria, to get rid of the killing machine planted by the Daesh, Jabhat al-Nusra and others.

The head of UNMAS, in turn, said that, UNMAS will work with the Syrian government to identify areas that need assistance and priorities will be set according to needs. She expressed happiness over the extent of trust and cooperation reached, as a UN representative, with the Syrian government, and her aspirations for a fruitful cooperation in the future.

Source: Nam News Network