ITF Hosts the Delegation from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ig, 28 November - ITF hosted the delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) at ITF Headquarters in Ig. The members of the Collegium of the House of Representatives H.E. Mr Mladen Bosić, Speaker of the House of Representatives, H.E. Mr Šefik Džaferović, First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and H.E. Ms Borjana Krišto, Second Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives were accompanied by H.E. mag. Iztok Grmek, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to BiH and Mr Veljko Obrenović, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of BiH to Slovenia.
They visited us to follow up on ITF activities in BiH, where we have been addressing the problem of mine contamination for over 18 years in close cooperation with national institutions and other partners. In that period, over 75 million m² of land has been cleared on over 2,400 project locations and 826 victims have received rehabilitation. In addition, 20,600 mines and 17,700 unexploded ordnances have been removed. Despite that, 545,600 people in BiH still live in mine affected areas. Further cooperation and support are still necessary in order to help BiH reach its mine action goals, and enable Bosnians and Herzegovinians to live in a country that is no longer affected by mines and unexploded ordnance.
The meeting concluded with a visit to the Museum of Unexploded Ordnance, within the premises of the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of the Republic of Slovenia.