JCCP hands over second mine-free land to Vavuniya GA
The Japanese Government provided a US $ 907,919 (Rs. 88.5 million) to
the Japan Centre for Conflict Prevention (JCCP) through the Japan NGO
grant scheme for humanitarian de-mining activities in the Vavuniya
district. Under this project JCCP successfully cleared 31,699 square
meters of minefield in Vavuniya and handed over the mine-free land to
the Government Agent, Vavuniya on July 12, states a Japanese Embassy
The JCCP is a Japanese NGO whose mission is to contribute to the
prevention, containment and resolution of conflict with a focus on the
Asia-Pacific region. This is JCCP's second fully accomplished mission
since it commenced humanitarian de-mining activities in Sri Lanka in
March 2004, where to date JCCP has worked on five different minefields
in Vavuniya District, and have cleared a total of 96,125 square meters
of land, recovered 79 anti-personnel mines and 10 UXOs. Danish De-mining
Group (DDG) provided technical support to this project.
The Japanese Government has so far provided a total of US $ 1.4
million towards JCCP's de-mining activities in Vavuniya, as part of its
support towards the de-mining programme of the Sri Lanka Government. In
addition to the assistance to JCCP, the Japanese Government has also
provided US$ 7 million to six other de-mining agencies for mine
clearance work in the conflict areas.
De-mining activities are expected to promote rehabilitation and
development in Sri Lanka through securing safe land for Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) and to restore peace and stability by
revitalizing economic and social activities in the conflict affected
areas of Sri Lanka.
Apart from its de-mining operations, JCCP is also involved in
integrated relief and rehabilitation projects for the tsunami victims in
Trincomalee and Ampara districts.
The ceremony to hand over the mine-free land took place at the
Mugathankulam Farm II, Cheddikulam division in Vavuniya district
yesterday where President of JCCP, Ichiji Ishii handed over the cleared
land to Government Agent of Vavuniya S. Shanmugam, First Secretary of
Embassy of Japan Yuji Miyahara, Representative of JCCP Sugaya,
Operations Manager DDG, Samuel Paunila and other officials in the
district were present at the ceremony.