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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-08-06

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission condemns murder of NGO staff in Afghanistan
  • [02] Commission releases funds for de-mining in Cyprus Midday Express of 2004-08-06 Reference: MEX/04/0806 Date: 06/08/2004 EXME04 / 6.8

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse etb

    Communication

    06/08/04


  • [01] Commission condemns murder of NGO staff in Afghanistan

    The European Commission strongly condemns the murder in Eastern Afghanistan of two national staff members of the German NGO, Malteser Hilfsdienst, who were on a mission to provide basic assistance to vulnerable rural people. These latest killings are further evidence that aid workers are being deliberately targeted by groups with no respect for the humanitarian principles that would normally provide some protection to aid workers in conflict situations. The insecurity is compounded by certain practices of elements of the Coalition forces that contribute to a blurring of the distinction between humanitarian and military personnel, and undermine the perception that humanitarian workers are neutral and impartial.

    [02] Commission releases funds for de-mining in Cyprus

    The European Commission this week released €2.5 million in funds for de- mining in Cyprus. The de-mining operations will first focus on the area of the buffer zone in and around Nicosia. These funds will help to underpin the Green Line policy as regards free movement of persons and goods. New crossing points could be opened after mine clearing has taken place. A Mine Action Cell will be formally established in the United Nations Protected Area (UNPA) in Nicosia. The financial assistance will be channelled via the EU-funded UNDP/UNOPS programme 'Partnership for the Future' in cooperation with UNFICYP. The de-mining operations will be carried out by international de-mining firms/NGOs with proven experience in mine clearance and related activities with the United Nations. The tendering procedures to identify a firm/NGO to carry out the work have been launched. There are a large number of mined, suspect mined and booby-trapped areas on the island, both within the buffer zone and outside. Many are less than 1,000 metres from the buffer zone, an area that still falls under UNFICYP monitoring. The mined areas are a threat for the population living nearby. Farmland adjacent to the mined areas is in most cases cultivated to within 2 metres of the minefield perimeter fence. There are reports of livestock losses due to mine accidents ; the last human casualty occurred in April this year. From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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