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Cooperation Needed to Sweep Away Mines Worldwide: Israel

The international community should help countries in need when it comes to the issue of mine clearance, an Israeli official said at a recent conference here.

Eytan Bentzur, deputy director-general of Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, who represented Israel at the conference, said the Jewish state would like to continue to take part in that effort.

Mine clearance involves a tremendous amount of time and resources as well as research and development Bentzur said.

Israel already has helped fund some projects, including a seminar last month in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Israel has developed sophisticated systems that can neutralize area laid with different types of explosives. New mine clearance equipment allows sappers to get to areas that would have been difficult to reach in the past.

Bentzur said Israel also may offer short-term courses in mine clearance for those countries that need immediate assistance.

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