The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement has provided $140,434 to the Slovenian International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance, to furnish medical evaluation and treatment to 25 children from Gaza injured by landmines and explosive remnants of war during the recent conflict. This grant is part of a larger project initiated by the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Danilo Turk, to provide humanitarian and technical assistance to the region. The United States is pleased to collaborate with the Government of Slovenia on this worthy and important humanitarian project. The project has been realized with the additional cooperation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Palestinian Authority and the Government of Israel.
The International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance is a non-profit, humanitarian organization founded by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia in March 1998, originally to help Bosnia and Herzegovina and later also other mine-affected countries in South-Eastern Europe (Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia). Over the past eleven years the United States has donated over 126 million dollars to demining causes in the region through the International Trust Fund. In early May, the U.S. also hosted a workshop in the region to facilitate the development of a regional approach to the reduction of conventional weapons and munitions stockpiles in south East Europe.
The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement manages humanitarian mine action programs (clearance of landmines and explosive remnants of war, survivors assistance, mine risk education), and conventional weapons destruction programs worldwide. More information is available at www.state.gov/t/pm/wra