For over a decade, the Organization of American States (OAS) has been coordinating landmine removal operations throughout the Americas. The program has been the responsibility of the Mine Action Program of the Unit for the Promotion of Democracy of the OAS, which provides overall coordination and management. The OAS has been successful with the technical assistance of the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB), the hard work of the national armies and the generosity of international donors. While the national armies of mine-affected countries carry out the actual demining in the field, the IADB provides a team of international supervisors and military trainers that comprise the Assistance Mission for Mine Clearance in Central America (MARMINCA) and most recently, the Assistance Mission for Mine Clearance in South America (MARMINAS). It is generally agreed that the activities and accomplishments of this coordinated effort have gone well beyond demining. Today, the program stands as a testament of regional cooperation and has contributed to the overall improvement of relationships between and within participating countries.



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