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Abstract

For many years, a large debate over the use of military experts in humanitarian demining has existed. Some individuals are against military demining arguing the military performs different techniques and holds different priorities from humanitarian demining. Others are favourable toward military demining, as they are the majority of demining centres. The Belgian military has been active in demining since World War I (WWI). Still today, explosive remnants from WWI and World War II (WWII) remain a daily concern in the life of Belgians. The minefields have been cleared for many years, yet every day military experts still dispose of UXO or abandoned explosive ordnance (AXO). It is important to understand this process does not take place during a military operation. Rather it is placed within the framework of helping the population, a type of humanitarian demining.

 

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