CBRNE & EOD Defence

Chile, Ecuador, and Peru continue demining operations

11 October 2019

The armed forces of Chile, Ecuador, and Peru are continuing to remove mines and other unexploded ordnance from their borders.

A total of 1,092 mines have been destroyed from an area encompassing 26,740 m 2 along Peru’s border with Ecuador, the Peruvian army reported in a 2 October press release. The 11 areas that have been cleared this year are located in the Cenepa Valley and the Condor mountain range (Cordillera del Condor), but the army also reported that two previously unknown minefields were located in a border area known as Tiwinza, which will be cleared in 2020. The two countries fought three wars in the twentieth century – in 1941, 1981, and 1995 – but bilateral relations have improved since the last short-lived conflict.

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