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Falklands mines a running drain of funds

UPI Security Industry   May 16, 2011

STANLEY, Falkland Islands, May 16 (UPI) — Thousands of unexploded mines from the 1982 Falklands conflict are a continuing drain on scarce financial resources of the British-ruled territory and will likely remain untouched unless large funds are injected into the operation to bring back demining experts.

A brief mine-clearing spell in the 2009-10 summer season raised hopes the islands’ scenic spots would once again become safe to use but neither the Falklands government nor the private sector had resources to prolong the operation.

Argentina and Britain battled on the islands and the Atlantic waters for 74 days after an Argentine military-led invasion tried to wrest control. British forces beat back the Argentines, who planted thousands of mines across the territories before pulling back to their country.

Despite the British forces’ mine-clearing works after the war and the privately run government-financed pilot project two years ago, at least 25,000 mines are embedded in the islands’ sometimes idyllic landscapes.

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May 16, 2011 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Demining | ,

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