Memorandum of Understanding signed between ITF and Macedonia
On 31 August 2006, the official singing of Memorandum of Understanding between International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance and Republic of Macedonia Protection and Rescue Directorate took place in Skopje. Both Directorate and ITF are committed to solve landmine and unexploded ordnance problem in Macedonia. The Directorate is currently carrying out demining operations in northern Macedonia, which are expected to end by the end of September 2006, with support from ITF and USA as donor. By that the last mine suspected areas in Macedonia will be reduced and cleared. Macedonia will thus become first country in South-Eastern Europe to achieve mine free status according to commitments accepted with signing Ottawa convention.