DEVELOPMENT OF MINE ACTION WAS DISCUSSED BY ADMINISTRATION OF THE MINISTRY FOR VETERANS AFFAIRS AND OSCE REPRESENTATIVES IN UKRAINE
Issues of Mine Action development and the prospects for the successful integration of IDPs into host communities were discussed with OSCE representatives in Ukraine during a meeting at the Ministry for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine.
The OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, Ambassador Henrik Villadsen, noted the importance of assisting people affected in the East and assured in further support of Ukraine and continued work on joint projects.
«The OSCE supports the necessary reforms for the development of a stable and democratic future for Ukraine and helps to overcome the challenges faced during the crisis», ‒ said Henrik Villadsen.
Deputy Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine on European Integration Oleksii Ilyashenko also emphasized the importance of cooperation, especially regarding temporarily occupied territories, and assured of his intention to continue and develop it.
«For the Ministry for Veterans Affairs, safety of its citizens and ensuring their rights and freedoms is a priority, regardless on which side of EECP they live. Special attention is paid to the issue of Mine Action», emphasized OleksiiI lyashenko. «The world has not yet invented a way to quickly perform mine clearance, but we can prevent accidents among the civilians by marking contaminated territories and conducting appropriate training, especially for children».
In addition, he drew attention to the importance of the successful implementation of mechanisms of social cohesion in the communities, where internally displaced persons are integrated.
The meeting was of working nature and attended by representatives of administrative departments of the Ministry and participants of the OSCE projects in Ukraine «Developing mine action potential of Ukraine» and «Facilitating Dialogue on Reforms in Ukraine». The Parties agreed to continue and develop the projects launched, especially those related to Mine Action in the East of Ukraine, and also agreed on a number of further technical meetings.