For well over a decade, landmine clearance has figured prominently in the post-conflict reconstruction and national reconciliation processes in Latin America. During armed conflicts in Central America in the 1970–80s, combatants on both sides used anti-personnel landmines. As the conflicts drew to a close and peace agreements were negotiated, the removal of landmines emerged as both an agenda item in negotiations and an obstacle to address in the post-conflict reconstruction phase. El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua all commenced landmine clearance efforts in individualized ways based on the context of their national conflicts.
"The Benefits of a Regional Approach to Mine Action,"
Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction: Vol. 9
, Article 8.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol9/iss1/8