US and Japanese Embassies Partner to Clear Mines and Make Life Safer in Southeastern Georgia (December 15)

IMG_20151215_135805 On December 15, Deputy Chief of Mission Nicholas Berliner participated in the closing ceremony of an international project to clear Georgian territory of dangerous unexploded ordnance.  The project, which is being carried out in the village of Udabno located in southeastern Georgia, is supported by both the U.S. and Japanese governments and implemented by the HALO Trust NGO.

IMG_20151215_135527_hdr Thanks to this demining project, the residents of Udabno and Lemshveniera villages no longer need to fear the threat of death or injury from unexploded ordnance while they farm the cleared land.  In partners
hip with the Japanese embassy, the United States government has provided over $20 million since 2008 to the HALO Trust NGO in order to demine and make Georgian territory safer for its inhabitants.