Monday, August 31, 1998 Published at 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK
Ginola follows in Diana's footsteps
Princess Diana's tour of the Angolan minefields grabbed worldwide media attention
Footballer David Ginola is highlighting the continuing threat of mines by retracing the tour of an Angolan minefield undertaken by Diana, Princess of Wales.
The Frenchman has arrived in the war-ravaged African country for a two-day trip arranged by the French Red Cross and its UK counterpart.
The Tottenham Hotspur star is to attend a game of football with the survivors of landmine explosions.
He is also touring a mission clearing some of the eight million mines - one for each Angolan man, woman and child - left behind from a bitter civil war.
A British Red Cross spokeswoman said: "He is trying to highlight the plight of landmine survivors and the importance of mine clearance, with a view to encouraging fund-raising.
"It remains a massively important issue. There are eight million to 11 million mines in the country, one for each member of the population."
Around a third of those injured or killed are under 16 and in the worst affected countries - Angola, Cambodia and Bosnia-Herzegovina - around 15 mines are being laid for every one removed.
The Ottawa Treaty on the banning of anti-personnel mines was signed by 121 nations in December 1997.
The treaty will come into force when it has been ratified by 40 states, but so far only 20 - including the UK - have done so.
The US, Russia, China and most Middle East countries have refused to sign the treaty.