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Ecuador/Peru: landmines: the legacy of war

01-06-1995 News Release 22

During the conflict that broke out in January of this year between Ecuador and Peru, some 60,000 landmines were laid in the southern border region of Ecuador and in the Rio Cenepa area. To date several casualties, both civilian and military, have been attributed to these mines.

In response to an ICRC memorandum on the subject delivered to both parties, the Ecuadorian authorities expressed their willingness to carry out mine clearance operations at the end of the " demilitarization phase " , as provided for in the Itamaraty and Montevideo peace agreements. The Peruvian authorities for their part stated that they had not laid any mines but were willing to back up demining operations should the need arise.