Armed Forces to destroy landmines on Aug 6

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Bangkok – The Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTARF) will destroy 4,970 blacklisted landmines in its inventory according to guidelines in the Ottawa Convention signed in Geneva, Switzerland. Eighty-one of the 4,970 landmines listed for destruction will be retained for educational purposes.

The standard guidelines of the United Nations state that any country with more than 1,000 mines in its possession will be blacklisted. Supreme Commander Gen Phornphiphat Benyasri has ordered the destruction of the landmines in Sa Kaeo’s Watthana Nakhon district on Aug 6,

From August 25 – 29, Thailand will host the Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs’ Conference which will be attended by 34 military leaders from 32 countries. Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, as Prime Minister and Defense Minister, will preside over the opening ceremony on August 27.