De-Mining Delayed in Karen, Karenni States
12 July 2013
Efforts to clear land mines in Karen and Karenni states have been slowed because ceasefires are unstable and the government has not yet approved a land mine law, Mizzima news agency reports. A secretary of the Karen National Union says the rebel group has restricted access to mining areas but has not yet started de-mining because “the current ceasefire has no concrete guarantee,” the news agency reported Wednesday. The Karenni National Progressive Party says it spoke with the government about de-mining procedures but could not begin the process until a draft land mine law was approved by President Thein Sein.