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From Lake Geneva to the Dead Sea: Armin Köhli’s new Cycling challenge

09.10.2007

International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance, together with Municipalities of Nova Gorica and Krsko, Institute of Republic of Slovenia for Rehabilitation, Embassy of Switzerland, Slovenian Cycling organization, Cycling clubs Hit Nova Gorica and Olimp 2004 welcomed Armin Köhli in the Municipality of Nova Gorica on 9 October 2007.

Armin left Geneva on 1 October and plans to arrive to Jordan on 18 November 2007, where the 8 Meeting of State Parties to the Ottawa Convention against landmines is due to take place. By accomplishing this effort, Armin hopes to raise public and media awareness in the fight against the landmines, which causes 15.000 victims every year worldwide, many of them being children. Countries to be crossed are: Switzerland, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

Armin Köhli is a double amputee and endurance cyclist. For several years he has taken part in campaigns to raise awareness about antipersonnel mines and cluster bombs. He has taken on the challenge of a 4800 km bike tour across Europe and the Middle East. For the past four years Armin dedicated his cycling efforts in the fight against landmines by taking part in various projects.