Angola has at least 1,220 areas affected by landmines, an official source told the press here on Tuesday.

Adriano Goncalves, head of the Exchange and Cooperation Office of the National Inter-sectoral Commission for Demining and Humanitarian Assistance, stressed that the southern African country will need 300 million U.S. dollars to accomplish its commitment to be mine free by the year of 2025.

Goncalves made the remarks on the sidelines of a workshop on the national strategy for the mine action sector in Angola.

The official said that in 2007 the country had 3,600 mined areas and this number has currently lowered to 1,220.

However, the official regretted that over the past 10 years, demining support in Angola has been decreasing considerably.

Angola became one of the countries with most landmines in the world due to the civil war that lasted over 30 years and ended in 2002. Enditem

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