The UK Foreign Office reported that the Malvinas Islands no longer had mines or explosives that would sow the country after the fighting. Almost four decades after Argentina and the United Kingdom competed for sovereign of the archipelago, British official sources reported that the islands had been completely cleared of anti-personnel mines. As mentioned earlier, the Argentine Army had built around 20,000 anti-personnel mines and 5,000 anti-tank mines to protect their positions.
The minefields were fenced in and marked after several accidents during mine clearance. At that time, Britain began demining that quickly ceased after a series of accidents. The minefields were fenced in and marked with signs warning of the danger and the decades-long presence of areas contaminated with explosives that blocked traffic and mobility to the Kelpers.
A UK-funded program was launched in 2009 that “completed its dangerous mission to clear the South Atlantic Islands three years ahead of schedule,” the ministry said in a statement. In Parliament, they assured that the goal was to make the area safer for its residents. “As a result, warning signs and barriers that have been visible in the islands since the end of the conflict will be removed during a local celebration,” he added. The last mine was blown up for this event.
The dangerous demining task was carried out by a Zimbabwean team under British supervision to enable the UK to meet its obligations under the Convention on the Ban on Anti-Personnel Mines. The tasks required the introduction of new techniques for removing pyrotechnic devices from special anti-mine vehicles, conventional detection systems and the latest and most advanced technology. The English specialists had to exert their care and effort for years to expand safe areas for the islands’ residents.
The cleanup of the Falkland Islands “means that there are no more anti-personnel mines in the world on British territory,” said the Chancellor. It also announced an allocation of an additional £ 36 million ($ 47 million) up to a total of £ 124 million to fund demining projects in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
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