The President of the Republic of Albania Ilir Meta speaks to 98 participants from 42 countries about security and Euro-Atlantic integration in the Balkans from the Albanian perspective at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies Oct. 25.

Albania and Greece have now been declared “landmine-free.”

Clearing Minefields

January 2011, Number 02.01

“Among the toughest barriers to post-war reconciliation and reconstruction throughout much of Southeast Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia are the millions of landmines that have turned field and forest into no man’s land. Even as warfare has fled countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Albania and Azerbaijan, buried explosives in the ground, able to sever limbs and shorten lives, have disrupted attempts to bring these societies to full peacetime footing. In the case of Bosnia, close to 4 percent of its territory harbored hundreds of thousands of landmines as of early 2010, remnants of a war that ended 15 years earlier. Bosnia represents the worst-case scenario in the Balkans but is dwarfed by the problem in Afghanistan, where conflicts since the 1970s have left the landscape strewn with millions of explosives...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Clearing Minefields,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 1, 2011: 54-55.

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