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Third meeting of expert teams of regional mine action centres from Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

06.06.2014

On Friday, June 6, 2014 starting at 12,00 hrs, there was the3rd meeting of expert teams of regional mine action centres of the Republic of Serbia, Republic of Croatia and Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina held in the premises of JP ''Vojvodina uma'' Morovi estate in Morovi, Republic of Serbia.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Croatian Mine Action Centre and Government Office for Mine Action, Mine Action Centre of the Republic of Serbia, Centre for removal of mines in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Centre for Testing, Development and Training, Centre for Underwater Deminng in Bijela, International Trust Fund Enhancing Human Security (ITF), US Embassy in Belgrade, American team of Quick Reaction Force as well as representative of UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At the beginning, the participants informed about latest information on the problem of flooded suspected hazardous area in each of three flooded countries in the region.
Representatives of the Centre for removal of mines in Bosnia and Herzegovina are currently in the final stage of field situation analysis. In the forthcoming days, they will define the boundaries of the problem that will be the subject of further survey-related activities.
Representatives of the Croatian Mine Action Centre informed that, after the withdrawal of water, teams of surveyors will conduct survey of all suspected hazardous flooded locations. Croatian Mine Action Centre and Mine Action Centre of Serbia will form a joint survey team for the purpose of surveying flooded suspected hazardous areas in the border zone between the two countries.
Mine Action Centre of Serbia presented the results of joint activities conducted in co-operation with Quick Reaction Force. They visited flooded area in the village of Jamena and other locations contaminated with different types of unexploded ordinances on the territory of the Republic of Serbia. It was established that, on certain locations, explosive ordinances have been repositioned inside the known suspected hazardous areas.
ITF representative expressed readiness to assist in raising funds for the realization of priority projects.
The conclusions were as follows:
▪ Centre for Underwater Demining in Bijela is a new member of the regional expert team;
▪ Beginning of preparations for the realization of project of non-technical survey of flooded suspected hazardous areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. First working meeting will be held in the premises of the Centre for removal of mines in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo on July 12, 2014;
▪ The expert team will prepare joint working map of flooded suspected hazardous areas. The holder of this activity is the Croatian Mine Action Centre;
▪ The expert team will visit most endangered flooded risk areas in the forthcoming period;
▪ Croatian Mine Action Centre initiated the procedure of approval of assistance in form of procurement of mine warning signs for Bosnia and Herzegovina;
▪ Next meeting will be held in the Republic of Croatia on June 20, 2014. Time and venue will be defined posteriori.
At the end of the meeting, the participants put special emphasis on the need for constant warning of population not to touch suspicious objects if they run into any but to mark them and inform relevant institutions about it.

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