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centers and organizations, UNMAS, 2006, annual report
The greatest challenge faced by the mine action community in 2006 was the aftermath of the armed conflict in southern Lebanon that left as many as 1 million unexploded cluster munitions across the south. This was the first time since the Iraq war of 2003 that the UN system had to deploy assets under the Framework for Mine Action Planning and Rapid Response. Due to the dedication of UNMAS international and local civilian staff who remained in the south throughout the conflict preparing for the postconflict period and excellent inter-agency and partner coordination at Headquarters, personnel and clearance assets were deployed just days after the conflict. They made a major contribution to the safe deployment of a reinforced UNIFIL and the return of displaced populations.