Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


War In Afghanistan

NZ Campaign Against Landmines

Optimists will say that the Taliban is in full retreat and the war is over.

Pessimists will say that the war will continue for years because major parts of the Taleban army are still in existence.

Realists will say that regardless of these issues the war is far from over. For many years to come men women and children will be killed or maimed from landmines and cluster bombs (UXOs).

Even with the world's most advanced mine clearing programme and after eight years of intensive effort there were still an estimated seven million mines creating human suffering in all but two of the 29 provinces in that country.

Red Cross officials recorded 2,800 deaths and injuries from mines and UXOs between 1998 and 2000. Many of the injured die before they reach medical treatment. With the current situation and the increased use of UXOs, with refugees crossing land unfamiliar to them and with hungry people rushing to pick up food air dropped which are the same colour as unexploded cluster bombs, the casualty rate is expected to rise dramatically.

The United Nations Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan (MAPA) stopped its essential programme and took its 4,800 explosives experts to camps in Pakistan for further training.

Another demining organisation, the Afghan Technical Consultants, stayed and on the 9th October four of its employees were killed in a US airstrike. This organisation is supported by the European Union and is a partner of the United Nations.

This delay in mine clearing is tragic for the people of Afghanistan. Mine clearance in just priority areas will take a further seven to ten years even if the earlier clearance rates had been maintained.

Much of the land affected by landmines needs to be used for agriculture and housing, so for the sake of the people and the economy of the country it is important that demining begins as soon as possible.

Can our Army Engineer/Deminers assist?

Bringing representative and responsible Government to Afghanistan is essential but life for the people in the cities and countryside will not be at peace until these millions of landmines have been cleared.


John V Head
Spokesperson for the NZ Campaign Against Landmines (CALM)
49a Wharemauku Road
Raumati Beach
Kapiti Coast 6010
Phone 04 905 5524
Email; jhead@i4free.co.nz
14 November 2001

John Head
CALM New Zealand
49a Wharemauku Road, Raumati, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
http://www.protel.co.nz/calm/


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news