France to fund mine-clearing in Angola

9th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

LUANDA, June 8 (AFP) - France plans to provide EUR 3 million (USD 3.6 million) to fund mine-clearing and other humanitarian projects in Angola starting later this year, an embassy statement said Tuesday.

LUANDA, June 8 (AFP) - France plans to provide EUR 3 million (USD 3.6 million) to fund mine-clearing and other humanitarian projects in Angola starting later this year, an embassy statement said Tuesday.

The projects will also touch on agriculture, education and health to improve the lives of Angolans living in the central region of Huambo, one of the most fertile regions in Angola which was wracked by a brutal 27-year war that ended in 2002.

"France will put in place in the coming months projects on de-mining, agriculture, health and education costing a total of EUR 3 million," a statement by the French embassy in Luanda said.

French, Angolan and international experts will be involved in the projects that will continue into 2005, with the additional aim to "secure communication links and access to agricultural zones."

Angola ranks along with Cambodia and Afghanistan as among the most heavily mined countries in the world.

© AFP

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