|2001.03.18 11:49||2001.03.18 11:49 | Eco-system Conservation|
Green Korea United started to draw a detail map of landmines fields in the rear areas of Korea, with Korea Campaign to Ban Landmines (KCBL) and Japan Campaign to Ban Landmines (JCBL). The survey would be conducted in three stages until this November, with the first one beginning Feb. 20.
GKU claimed in a Nov. 14th news conference that it discovered 21 locations where landmines were buried in the rear areas south of the Han River. The Seoul government has officially denied the existence of any kinds of anti-personal landmines in the rear areas. Citing security reasons, the Defense Ministry has also refused to make public the exact locations and amounts of landmines buried in the rear areas.
The second-stage survey will focus on dozens of former U.S. air force bases in the rear areas where lots of anti-personal landmines are presumed to have been buried.
A final report is expected to come out early next year and GKU will send it to international civic groups such as ICBL and The U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines (USCBL) to stir up public opinions from international communities on Korea's landmine issue.
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