MAG’s Sean Sutton describes the function and effect of a landmine to Pauline Latham MP. A 2011 report showed the use of anti-personnel mines by states to be at a seven-year high.
The Chair of a new parliamentary group on landmines was in Manchester last week to discover more about humanitarian mine action and research into better methods of mine detection.
Pauline Latham OBE, of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Landmines and Unexploded Weapons of Conflict, visited the headquarters of Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate MAG (Mines Advisory Group), as well as meeting with famous founder of landmine detection charity Find a Better Way, Sir Bobby Charlton.
Pauline Latham MP with Sir Bobby Charlton.
The APPG consists of 26 concerned Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
The formation of the group followed a 2011 report which revealed that the use of anti-personnel mines by states is at a seven-year high.
As one of the world’s leading mine clearance organisations, MAG has been lending its expertise to the venture, which launched in January.
MAG Chief Executive, Nick Roseveare, said: “As an organisation on the frontline of landmine clearance, we see firsthand the devastating effect that unexploded weapons and other ‘lethal litter’ has on some of the world’s poorest people.
“We very much enjoyed hosting members of the APPG at our home in Manchester. Visits like this are much welcomed to help inform the issues of mine action and ultimately help to deliver safer and better futures for those affected by conflict.”
10 May 2012