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Colombia Pledges to Work With UN to Destroy Remaining Landmines


Colombia says it will work with the United Nations to help uncover and destroy remaining landmines in the country.

On Sunday, the Colombian government destroyed its remaining stockpile of 6,800 landmines. The event was viewed on a large-screen television in Bogota by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and Jordan's Queen Noor--who has worked to encourage countries around the world to dismantle landmines.

Experts say Colombia has the fourth-largest number of known land mines in the world after Cambodia, Afghanistan and Angola. The weapons have been used in Colombia's 40-year old conflict involving government troops, right-wing militia fighters, and two leftist guerrilla groups.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.

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