Chile has removed mines from 70% of its borders, the government has announced. Santiago has pledged by 2020 to remove all mines placed in the early years of Chilean General Augusto Pinochet's regime that ran from 1973-90.
So far 39 of 56 areas along the Bolivian-Chilean border have been cleared, with 24,030 anti-personnel and anti-tank mines removed from an estimated total of 32,059, the Bolivian daily La Razón reported on 12 December. The mines are located in three border regions: Arica and Parinacota, Tarapacá, and Antofagasta.
Representatives from both governments met in Santiago during the 15th meeting of the Ottawa Convention (formally the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production, and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction) from 28 November to 2 December.
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