CBRNE & EOD Defence

Ecuador seeks to remove 95% of mines from border with Peru by 2021

22 August 2019

The Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence wants to remove up to 95% of land mines along its border with Peru by 2021, according to the Ministry of National Defence’s newly released strategy plan that spans 2017–21 (Plan Sectorial de Defensa 2017–2021).

During the short-lived 1995 Cenepa War, the two South American countries planted thousands of explosives along their borders. Currently, mines near 32 border communities, including several indigenous groups, continue to place people at risk and prevent the land from being used for agricultural purposes, according to the Ecuadorian defence strategy.

Over the past two decades, Quito and Lima have co-operated in a variety of humanitarian demining operations.

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