Ceasefire but no demining in Myanmar’s Kayah State, UN IRIN, 25 July 2014

Article focuses on the lack of mine clearance resulting from ceasefire talks to date. The article quotes representatives of Union of Karenni State Youth, the Shalom Foundation and Maggin Development Consultancy Group stated that existing mine contamination posed a threat, but that further political agreements will be necessary prior to clearance. A member of the Karenni National Progressive Liberation Front, a known mine user, stated that casualties had decreased. “Local leaders told IRIN that in some areas, armed groups give people information about the location of landmines so that they can avoid them, but mine mapping and removal required a higher level of agreement between the armed groups and the government.”