Damjan Bergant speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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After nearly 20 years as a Slovenian diplomat, including a four-year stint as the Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the Council of Europe, Damjan Bergant was approached by his country's Foreign Affairs Ministry to head a comprehensive de-mining project.plots of land in southern Lebanon are still inaccessible or dangerous due to the presence of landmines – a result of long years of Israeli occupation – but Bergant and his group are making significant progress in changing this.The UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), NPA(Norwegian People's Aid), and others work under the main coordinating group LMAC (Lebanon Mine Action Center) led by (Director) Imad Odeimi.We've cleared over 1 million square meters of land in south Lebanon in an area that affects 200,000 beneficiaries.Q: When will Lebanon ever be free of landmines?Q: What are landmines preventing in Lebanon?
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