U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the Global Demining Initiative for the Colombia Ministerial at the Palace Hotel, in New York City, New York on September 18, 2016. . 
Photo: {State Department Photo/Public Domain}.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the Global Demining Initiative for the Colombia Ministerial at the Palace Hotel, in New York City, New York on September 18, 2016. . Photo: {State Department Photo/Public Domain}

U.S., Norway Issue Joint Statement on Colombia Demining

"The Kingdom of Norway and the United States of America recognize the critical importance of clearing the landmines and unexploded ordnance that killed or injured more than 11,000 Colombians over the past 25 years and left Colombia one of the most landmine-affected countries in the world," according to a joint statement issued by the two countries on Sun. Sept. 18, 2016.

The statement was released following the Global Demining Initiative for Colombia Ministerial held on Sept. 18 on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende co-hosted a ministerial-level meeting to secure commitments from the international community to support the Global Demining Initiative for Colombia. 

According to the statement, "Along with 19 other nations and the European Union, the U.S. and Norway pledged $105 million to support landmine survey and clearance, mine risk education, and assistance for survivors of landmine incidents." 

The statement also says that the global community has joined together to support Colombia with technical assistance, development aid, and support for the peace process.  Of the total, the United States pledged $36 million and Norway $22 million.

"Norway and the United States deeply appreciate the commitment of the international community to save lives and limbs in Colombia.  We urge all governments, organizations, business enterprises, and individuals to join this initiative in support of the Colombian people," reads the statement.

Link to the full text of the statement: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2016/09/262064.htm

Secy. Kerry's remarks at the Demining Initiative: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/09/262057.htm

 


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