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Press Releases

2008
--12/01/08  Department of State and Roots of Peace to co-host "Harvest of Hope" In Recognition of Public-Private Partnerships for Mine Action in Afghanistan
--10/14/08  U.S. Department of State Partners with Sudanese Integrated Mine Action Service
--09/29/08  U.S. Department of State Quick Reaction Force
--09/22/08  "Landmine Casualty Data: Best Practices Guidebook" Provides New Reference Materials for Mine Victim Information Systems
--08/11/08  Department of State Supports Rotary Club Project To Assist Amputees in Basra, Iraq
--08/04/08  Conventional Weapons Destruction and Landmine Clearance in Somalia
--07/08/08  United States Marks Small Arms Destruction Day
--06/26/08  State Department Co-Sponsors Africa's First Regional Seminar on MANPADS Threat Reduction
--06/03/08  Seventh Edition of "To Walk the Earth in Safety" Shows United States Progress in Clearing Landmines and Destroying Conventional Weapons
--05/06/08  Grants for Conventional Weapons Destruction and to Assist Injured Conflict Survivors
--05/06/08  State Department Official Visits UXO Programs in Laos; U.S. Embassy; Vientiane, Laos
--04/21/08  Former Afghan Deminers Learn New Civilian Skills
--04/03/08  Third Annual International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
--02/21/08  West Virginia Firm Donates Detectors to Locate Landmines and Explosive Remnants of War
--02/07/08  Roots of Peace Builds School on Former Afghan Battlefield with Contributions from American Students
--01/24/08  President Accords Personal Rank of Ambassador to Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. as Special Envoy for MANPADS Threat Reduction and Lead for United States Efforts to Protect International Aviation from Shoulder-Fired Anti-Aircraft Missiles
--01/24/08  United States Efforts to Protect International Aviation from Man-Portable Air Defense Systems Attacks
--01/16/08  U.S. Statement on Humanitarians Aspects of Cluster Munitions

2007
--12/21/07  Grapes for Humanity, U.S., Inc. Raises Funds to Aid Landmine Survivors in Colombia and Nicaragua
--12/10/07  Adaptive Technology Catalog to Aid Survivors of Landmines and Explosive Remnants of War
--12/03/07  CARICOM-U.S. Initiative to Combat Illicit Trafficking In Small Arms and Light Weapons
--11/13/07  United States Leadership in Clearing Landmines and Saving Lives
--11/07/07  Request for Applications for Grants to Deal with Landmines, Explosive Remnants of War, and At-Risk Small Arms, Light Weapons, and Munitions Stockpiles
--10/01/07  10th Anniversary of Public-Private Partnerships to Reinforce Humanitarian Mine Action
--08/21/07  Amputee Bicyclist Successfully Crosses United States During Global Trek to Support Landmine Survivors
--08/20/07  First Phase of 'Landmine Impact Survey' of Iraq Completed
--08/14/07  United States Condemns Terrorist Use of Landmines in Colombia
--07/09/07  United States Celebrates Destruction of One Million Weapons Worldwide
--07/09/07  Update on U.S. Efforts to Destroy Excess Small Arms/Light Weapons Worldwide
--07/05/07  United States Commemorates Small Arms Destruction Day with "Millionth Weapon Destruction" Events
--05/31/07  Amputee Bicyclist to Cross United States and Circle World to Support Landmine Survivors and Other Amputees
--05/29/07  New Grants to Deal With Explosives Remnants of War and Landmines
--04/03/07  Second Annual Observance of International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
--02/21/07  State Department Co-Hosts NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund Workshop
--01/09/07  More Equipment to Clear Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance in Vietnam
--01/09/07  New Request for Applications for Grants to Advance Humanitarian Mine Action and Stem Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons Trafficking

2006
--11/21/06  United States Assistance to the Regional Center for Underwater Demining in the Balkans
--11/20/06  Department of State Salutes Grapes for Humanity for Assistance to Cambodian Landmine Survivors
--11/17/06  Outcome of Third Review Conference on Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons
--11/03/06  Review Conference on the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons
--10/17/06  Landmines Cleared From Mozambique's Sena Railway
--10/04/06  Update on United States Aid to Lebanon to Clear Explosive Remnants of War
--09/29/06  Macedonia Completes Landmine Clearance
--09/21/06  Milestone Reached in NATO Partnership for Peace Arms Destruction Project in Ukraine
--09/21/06  The United States' Record on Protecting Innocent Civilians from Landmines
--08/29/06  Major Breakthrough in Landmine Clearance: New Detector Identifies the Real "Hidden Killers"
--08/29/06  Remnants of War Cleared From Afghanistan's "Devil's Garden"
--08/23/06  United States Emergency Aid to Lebanon to Clear Explosive Remnants of War
--07/27/06  More Grants for Humanitarian Mine Action
--06/27/06  "To Walk the Earth in Safety": U.S. Actions to Clear Landmines and Stem Illicit Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons
--06/19/06  Stemming the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons
--06/05/06  Media Note : Georgia Hosts Workshop on Small Arms and Light Weapons Controls for International Parliamentarians
--04/21/06  Joint United States-Russian Federation Statement on the U.S.-Russia MANPADS Arrangement on Cooperation in Enhancing Control of Man-Portable Air Defense Systems
--04/05/06  Landmine Awareness: A Tribute to the Work of Nongovernmental Organizations
--04/04/06  International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
--03/20/06  Bouquet of Flowers Leads to Largest Cache of Abandoned Munitions in Afghanistan
--03/15/06  Sudan Opens National Mine Action Authority
--03/07/06  New Grants to Reinforce U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action
--03/07/06  Solicitation of Grants to Reinforce U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action and Destruction of Excess Weapons
--01/19/06  United States Reinforces Azerbaijan's Landmine Clearance Efforts

2005
--12/19/05  2005 Sees Major Developments in United States Efforts to End the Global Landmine Problem: U.S. Funding for Mine Action Surpasses $1 Billion
--12/15/05  Guatemala Completes Landmine Clearance
--11/28/05  Sixth Meeting of States Parties to the Ottawa Convention Ban on Anti-Personnel Landmines
--11/22/05  Fact Sheet on Containing the Threat from Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS)
--11/22/05  New Department of State - Newsweek Wall Map Charts Global Landmine Problem
--10/12/05  U.S. Department of State and Chicago Coalition for Landmine Action Conference
--09/30/05  United States and Hungary Agreement on Destruction of Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) Missiles
--05/10/05  Grapes for Humanity Raises Money for Clearing Landmines and Aiding Disabled Orphans in Cambodia
--05/10/05  Public Access to Information about the Humanitarian Impact of Landmines
--05/09/05  U.S. Department of State Awards Multiple Contracts to Clean Up Battlefields and Control Conventional Weapons
--03/29/05  U.S. Department of State Issues "Request for Applications" for Humanitarian Mine Action Grants
--03/18/05  U.S. Department of State Contractors Receive Joint Military Commission Medals for Landmine Clearance in South Sudan
--02/24/05  U.S.-Russia Arrangement on Cooperation in Enhancing Control of Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS)
--02/18/05  NATO Project to Destroy Excess Ukrainian Weapons Stocks
--02/15/05  Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships for Humanitarian Mine Action
--01/03/05  United States Bans Non-Detectable Landmines

2004
--12/20/04  Grants To Reinforce Humanitarian Mine Action
--12/20/04  U.S. Surplus Milk Sale Funds Landmine Clearance in Angola
--12/17/04  New "Landmine Action Smart Book" Educates Public About Global Landmine Problem
--11/26/04  First Review Conference of the Ottawa Convention in Nairobi
--10/29/04  Honduras Completes Landmine Clearance
--10/29/04  United States Clears Unexploded Ordnance to Help Speed Relief Aid to Sudan's Rumbek Region
--10/19/04  Department of State Releases Fifth Annual Report on the Accomplishments of the U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program
--10/01/04  WHUT-TV Broadcasts Documentary on Global Landmine Problem to Washington, DC Viewing Area
--05/28/04  Department of State Salutes Grapes for Humanity and Primum Familiae Vini for Supporting Landmine Survivors Assistance in Angola and Ethiopia
--05/19/04  Secretary Powell To Honor Youth Organizers of Pennies for Peace Initiative to Clear Afghanistan's Landmines
--05/18/04  PBS Broadcasts Department of State-supported Documentary on Global Landmine Problem
--04/09/04  Department of State Issues Request for Applications for Humanitarian Mine Action Grants
--04/05/04  Virginia High School Students Adopt Cambodian Minefield
--02/26/04  Assistant Secretary Bloomfield to Brief on New Developments in the U.S. Approach to Landmines
--02/03/04  Marshall Legacy Institute Honors Department of State's Humanitarian Mine Action Program
--01/29/04  Djibouti: First Horn of Africa Country to Become Free From Impact of Landmines
--01/22/04  Florida Festival to Raise Public Awareness of the Global Landmine Problem
--01/14/04  Private Donation of Mine Detecting Dogs for Sri Lanka

2003
--12/12/03  Progress in Clearing Iraq's Landmine Legacy
--12/01/03  OSCE Document Foresees Action Against Risks of Ammunition Stockpiles
--12/01/03  OSCE Today Launches First Governments' Manual on Combating Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons
--11/04/03  Department of State Supports "Night of a Thousand Dinners" To Combat the Global Landmine Problem
--10/21/03  South-East Europe Mine Detection Dog Center Opens: Scope of Assistance To Grow Beyond Landmines
--10/06/03  Formation of Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement
--08/06/03  Creation of Iraqi National Humanitarian Mine Action Program
--07/14/03  New Fact Sheet Charts History of Global Landmine Problem and Evolution of Humanitarian Mine Action
--06/30/03  Destruction of Stored Landmines in Afghanistan Helps to End Legacy of Suffering by the Taliban
--06/17/03  State Department Honors Private Partners' Contributions to Clear Landmines in Armenia and Mozambique
--05/14/03  Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck Deployed to Cambodia on U.S. Department of State Humanitarian Mine Action Initiative
--04/21/03  State Department Dinner for Grapes for Humanity
--03/13/03  U.S. Department of State Recognizes Royal Dutch/Shell Donation for Mine Detecting Dogs for Thailand
--02/20/03  U.S. Department of State Hails Establishment of Joint U.S.-Canadian Privately-backed Honduran Rehabilitation Center for War Victims
--02/13/03  U.S. Department of State Doubles U.S. Tennis Association's Grant to Clear Croatia's Landmines
--02/07/03  U.S. Department of State Funds Survey of Vietnam's Landmine and Unexploded Ordnance Problem

2002
--12/06/02  U.S. Department of State Reviews U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action in the Middle East
--11/29/02  State Department Participates in "Night of 1000 Dinners" To Publicize Global Landmine Problem
--11/01/02  Sri Lanka: U.S. Demining Group Completes Operations
--10/08/02  Special Representative for Mine Action Announces Public-Private Partnership at People to People International's 15th Worldwide Conference
--10/08/02  U.S. Government Reports Progress in Humanitarian Mine Action: 2002 Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety Released
--09/27/02  State Department and Rotary International Co-Sponsor Landmine Conference: "Ending the Tragedy of Landmines Through Innovation and Cooperation"
--09/24/02  State Department Public-Private Partner in Mine Action Debuts "War Child" TV Dramas
--09/10/02  Public-Private Partnership Supplies Mine Detecting Dogs to Armenia
--07/08/02  Three-Pronged Attack on Azerbaijan's Landmine Legacy
--06/19/02  Special Representative for Mine Action Salutes HALO Trust's Clearance of One Million Landmines and UXO
--06/11/02  Lusophone African Humanitarian Deminers in Management Training Course
--06/11/02  Special Representative for Mine Action Tours U.S. Department of Defense's Humanitarian Demining Training Center
--05/17/02  Special Representative for Mine Action salutes "Champions for Children"
--05/06/02  Special Representative for Mine Action Discusses Landmine Menace a Roots of Peace-UN Global Compact Event - May 7
--04/24/02  Young Visitors to State Department Learn About Global Landmine Problem - April 25
--04/23/02  Demining Assistance to Sudan
--04/15/02  New Map and Study Guide Illustrate World's Landmine Problem
--04/10/02  Mine Action Efforts in Afghanistan
--04/02/02  Demining Assistance to Sri Lanka
--02/22/02  U.S. Humanitarian Demining Budget for Fiscal Year 2002

2001
--12/07/01  Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr. Appointed Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State for Mine Action
--11/30/01  U.S. Efforts Sustain Progress In Humanitarian Mine Action
--11/26/01  Secretary Powell Hosts Dinner to Honor Public-Private Partnerships for Humanitarian Demining
--10/16/01  United States Helping Macedonia Solve Its Unexploded Ordnance And Landmine Problems
--07/09/01  Press Conference on the UN Conference on Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects ; John R. Bolton, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security; Press Conference at UN Headquarters; New York City
--07/02/01  Background Briefing: 2001 United Nations Conference on "The Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all Its Aspects"
--04/25/01  Landmine Detection Dog Demonstrations
--03/16/01  New Hope for Landmine Victim
--02/08/01  New Jersey Middle School Students To Help Demine Bosnian Town

  
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