Mr Andrej Golob
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Serbia was contaminated with mines in the northwestern region (municipality of Šid) in the border area with Croatia (Morović village) and the three-border area of Serbia/Croatia/Bosnia and Herzegoovina (Jamena village). The mine problem stemmed from the conflicts in former Yugoslavia, mainly from the beginning of 1990. The minefields were set mostly as protective barriers. A rough estimate shows that an area of approximately 5.9 million sq. meters was initially considered as mine suspected.
Serbia also has had a great cluster munitions (CM) problem that goes back to the conflict in 1999 and has affected almost the entire territory of central and southern Serbia. Initially, it was estimated that over 28 sq. kilometers were affected by cluster bombs. The latest results obtained through the general survey (and resurvey of the cluster munitions contaminated areas) indicate that around 3 sq. kilometers of land are still affected by CM.
In addition, Serbia has significant amount of various types of aged and unstable ammunition stored in non-appropriate conditions. Ammunition surplus posses hazard for civilians and nearby infrastructure. Current demilitarization capabilities are not sufficient or are in need of modernization to improve safety, including remote controlled management and operation in order to reach the required capacity. For some type of ammunition like WP and riot control ammunition (Class H in G) Serbia does not have demilitarization capabilities at the present time.
What we do
First demining activities in Serbia commenced in autumn 2003 and clearance of this area was officially completed in December 2009, although some mine suspected areas are still to be found along Administrative Boundary Line with Kosovo*. ITF commenced with cluster munitions clearance activities in 2003. By the end of 2015, 84 mine clearance and CM projects were executed through ITF with over 12.57 million sq. meters of land cleared and returned to the use of the local population. Altogether 4,483 mines and 1,226 UXO were removed and destroyed during the implementation of these projects.
ITF will continue its work in Serbia with particular focus on cluster clearance.