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The 4th of April of each year marks the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. Indeed, for some people war is not over even after a peace treaty. Landmines keep killing and maiming people years after conflict has ended. They continue to instill terror, to stop people from returning to their homes or normal lives. The EU is "proud to be a leading force worldwide in addressing the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war" says High Representative Mogherini.
The recent offer made by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Afghan government to the Taliban to engage in a genuine peace process is an unprecedented opportunity for peace after decades of war in Afghanistan. Since the Brussels Conference for Afghanistan in November 2016, the international community, and the EU and its Member States in particular, have delivered on their promises of more funds and practical support to underpin peace, and the EU stands ready to support this new initiative presented by President Ghani during the second meeting on the "Kabul Process" a month ago.