Cambodia: 11 nations attend NPMEC demining training course

The National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mines and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance (NPMEC) has launched the ASEAN and Regional Mine Clearance and Minefield Technical Training for UN peacekeeping missions which saw the participation of 11 countries. General Sem Sovanny, Read More …

Ivory Coast to withdraw from UN peacekeeping force in Mali

Ivory Coast will be gradually withdrawing its military contingent from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) after the continued detention of 46 Ivorian soldiers who have been accused of being mercenaries. The announcement was made in a letter, Read More …

Somalia: Human rights chief decries steep rise in civilian casualties

A steep rise in civilian casualties across Somalia, largely at the hands of Al-Shabaab militants, has exacerbated an already grim human rights and humanitarian situation there, said the UN human rights chief on Monday. According to latest UN figures, at Read More …

Cambodia: UNESCAP to support national mine action policy

Ly Thuch, first vice-president of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), said the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) would support the body in formulating national policy on mine action and holding Read More …

Ukraine accused of using controversial ‘butterfly’ mines against Russia

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) recently accused the Ukrainian Armed Forces of planting PFM-1s, also known as butterfly mines, throughout residential areas of Russian-controlled Donbas. The Russian MFA also claimed that “the use of butterfly mines goes against Read More …

UK, US and France release rare joint statement after Russia contacts them over ‘dirty bomb’ claims

Russia has engaged in an unusual burst of contact with the West’s three nuclear powers to raise baseless claims about a dirty bomb plot in Ukraine, amid fears of further escalation. In the past 48 hours, Vladimir Putin’s defence minister, Read More …

Iraq: Two UN employees killed by landmine at explosive ordnance clearance site near Basra

Two Iraqi UN employees were killed and a third person injured in an accident on Monday near the southern Iraqi city of Basra. The staff members were part of a team working for the UN’s Mine Action Service (Unmas) at Read More …

Mali: Progress on transition, peace process, amid ongoing insecurity

El-Ghassim Wane, head of the UN mission in Mali, MINUSMA, presented the latest UN Secretary-General’s report on the peacekeeping operation. He briefed ambassadors on progress in the transition and peace process, while also addressing ongoing insecurity and rising humanitarian needs. Read More …

Mali: Two MINUSMA peacekeepers killed in IED blast in Tessalit, Kidal region

Two MINUSMA peacekeepers were killed today, 17 October, when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device during a search and detection patrol of mines in Tessalit, Kidal region. This incident also resulted in 4 serious injuries among peacekeepers. Read More …