13:06 07.12.2017

Croatia's experience of removing mines may help Ukraine – deputy minister

Croatia's experience of removing mines may help Ukraine – deputy minister

Deputy Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Hryhoriy Tuka has said Ukraine can benefit from Croatia's experience in removing military mines.

"Yesterday evening we met with our Croatian colleagues and discussed issues which will be made public during our official presentation. As someone who was in charge for a year of Luhansk Military-Civilian Regional Administration, let me tell you I didn't even imagine how much we have in common with our Croatian friends with issues involving demining operations," he said on Thursday during a meeting with a delegation from the Croatian center for demining activity in Kyiv.

Tuka said in 2014 a Croatian citizen was wounded from a mine blast, even 20 years since the conflict there.

"We have been trying for about a year to jointly study the experience of various countries to solve the problem. It would be negligence to ignore it," he said.

Croatia's Ambassador to Ukraine Tomislav Vidosevic said his country is ready to share its experience in demining operations.

"If you need something extra, we are at your disposal, as an embassy. This was the instruction of our head of government, that we exchange expertise with you on this issue," Vidosevic said, adding that a delegation from Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada is scheduled to visit Croatia in 2018.

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