Central America Is Now Free of Land Mines

By Dialogo
December 13, 2010

The Organization of American States (OAS) has announced that its program to eradicate antipersonnel mines has been an overwhelming success, since Central America has recently become the first subregion of the world to be free of mines.

The event was attended by Spanish singer Miguel Bosé, Spanish princess Cristina de Borbón, OAS secretary general José Miguel Insulza, and U.S. senator Patrick Leahy, among others.

Despite all the achievements of the Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines (AICMA) program throughout the Americas, there are still areas in South America where these devices have not been entirely removed.

Insulza expressed gratitude for the support of donor countries such as Spain and Canada, but he affirmed that “there’s still a lot left to do.” His goal is to make the Americas the first continents in the world free of antipersonnel mines.

For his part, Miguel Bosé, the founder of Peace without Borders, mentioned that it is not enough to deactivate the mines and remove them from the ground; the singer insisted that it is necessary to care for the victims who have been injured or lost a limb due to the mines.

“Let’s not let down our guard; we have to keep fighting for our fundamental right, peace,” the Spanish singer declared.

The event was also attended by Moisés Antonio Valle, who lost a leg to an antipersonnel mine but succeeded in recovering thanks to support from AICMA.