Languages
Page last updated at 10:34 GMT, Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Rwanda - 'first landmine-free country'

Rwandan De-mining Office and Ben Remfry. Photo Mines Awareness Trust
Rwandan soldiers were specially trained for the mine clearance programme

Rwanda has been officially declared landmine-free at the Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World in Colombia.

Hundreds of people have been killed and injured by landmines in Rwanda.

Landmines were laid between 1990 and 1994 in Rwanda and over the past three years more than over 9,000 have been destroyed by Rwandan soldiers.

One hundred and eighty soldiers were involved in the process in which 20 minefields were de-mined over three years.

FROM BBC WORLD SERVICE