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Mine-clearing operations in Guinea

France grants Guinea 100,000 Euros for mine-clearing operations - France has granted Guinea 100,000 Euros, or 9 billion Guinean francs, to enable the West African country to clear anti-personnel mines, planted since 1970 at the military camp in Kindia, about 140 km from the capital, Conakry according to a press release from the Embassy of France sent to PANA on Tuesday.

The statement said that eight French mine-clearance experts would provide technical expertise and work alongside their Guinean counterparts throughout the duration of the operation.

Three French experts are already working within the Operational Command Post in Kindia, a city located in the Lower Coast with over 500,000 inhabitants.

As part of this operation, France on Tuesday chartered a civil security aircraft to convey more than 4 tons of equipment needed for mine-clearing operations.

The European Union (EU), for its part, has also pledged to disburse 500,000 Euros, or 45 billion Guinean francs, for the operation tagged 'Syli Operation'.

The work will be carried out by the battalion of Engineering work and mine-clearance experts of the Guinean army, with the assistance of Law Enforcement and Emergency Preparedness Services, charged with destroying a volume of 100 tons of ammunition.

In 2013, two youths were killed after handling explosive shells in Kindia.

Pana 12/03/2014