March 28, 2012
Following recent meetings in South Africa, Mineseeker Operations Southern Africa have been invited for further contract talks concerning the land affected by unexploded ordnance in the region.
This is separate from the Angolan contract meetings scheduled for April in Luanda, which concern large areas of the country which were affected by landmines laid during the decades of civil war.
The landmine problem in Angola is severe and it was announced yesterday that, as an Ottawa Convention member State it is preparing its request for an extension of the deadline for the stipulations of article 5 of the document.
A five-year extension will enable the country to implement projects and programmes and produce a more realistic picture of the anti-personnel landmine prevalence in Angola.
‘As we know up to 95% of the land designated as mined is actually incorrectly classified’, commented Chief Executive, Mike Kendrick , ‘Mineseeker through its ability to quickly survey land can facilitate the release areas that are not mined and return them to productive use. This is of great importance to Angola in resettling its population back into rural areas to develop agriculture and the country’s vast natural resources,’ he added.
Mineseeker Operations will receive guests from a Jordanian based large international group, at its UK offices on Thursday March 29th. The company recently made an approach and is interested in working with Mineseeker across a number of Middle Eastern countries. Of specific interest are Egypt and Jordan, as well as helping the new regime in Libya.
‘There are large areas of the Middle East affected by landmines, many of which date back to the Second World War,’ said Richard Trueman, Director of Operations. ‘Mineseeker technology is particularly suited to the type of task required in this region and we believe we can make a real difference to the problems the region continues to face from landmines and other unexploded ordnance’.