David welcomes UK action on landmines

On the 20th anniversary of the campaign against landmines launched by Diana, Princess of Wales, David Mackintosh MP has welcomed news that the UK will increase its support for demining and triple the amount of UK aid supporting action against landmines.

It is now 20 years since the iconic visit to the minefields of Angola by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, and the Government has now announced a package of support to make safe the equivalent of over 20,000 football pitches and help 800,000 people live their lives free from the threat of mines.

The Department for International Development will support global efforts to tackle landmines through a £100 million UK aid package over the next 3 years.

David said: “Twenty years ago, Diana, Princess of Wales bravely highlighted the global scourge of landmines that lead to a destruction of opportunity and hope. This led to the signing of the Ottawa Treaty and a global call for action but more remains to be done. More than 60 million people still live with the daily threat of injury or death so I am very pleased the Government continues to honour Diana’s legacy and carry on this important work.”