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Canada pledges $80-million for Afghan de-mining

The federal government is contributing another $80-million over four years toward landmine clearance in Afghanistan.

Bev Oda, the minister responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency, sadi the money will go to the UN Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan.

It is in addition to $8.8-million set aside for de-mining in Afghanistan last February.

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Ms. Oda made the announcement on the 10th anniversary of a Canadian-led, international anti-landmine treaty.

Afghanistan is one of the most mined countries in the world, with an estimated 100 Afghans killed or maimed by landmines each month.

Advocates are praising world efforts to reduce the number of landmines around the globe since the treaty was signed in Ottawa, but they say much more needs to be done.

Lloyd Axworthy, Canada's foreign affairs minister when the treaty came into effect, said there are still too many landmines in the ground.

Mr. Axworthy predicts that it will take another decade of work to clear those mines, even though close to 40 million have been destroyed under the treaty.

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