The Shida Kartli village of Shindisi, after having been cleared from various hazardous and explosive materials, was officially assigned to the local authorities. The procedure went on in presence of MoD headship.
The village area (equaling around 95,5 hectare) was demined from 161 cluster bombes, being the remnants of the 2008 August war. The mine-cleared territory was personally inspected by Deputy Minister Nodar Kharshiladze together with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland to Georgia, H.E. Denis Keefe. The event was attended by Shida Kartli Governor Lado vardzelashvili and European Union representatives.
“In the wake of the 2008 August war, living in Shindisi became rather dangerous for the local residents due to various unexploded explosives. We did our best to take care of each inhabitant, minimizing the danger to a maximum extent. A major part of the territory has already been demined”-stated Nodar Kharshiladze.
Mine clearing activities in Shindisi were led by the International Humanitarian Organization the HALO Trust in coordination with and guidance of Ministry of Defence of Georgia.
It should be added that the International Organization-Information Management and Mine Action Programs, the US (iMMAP), presently acting in Georgia carries out monitoring of the mine-clearing activities ongoing in Georgia.
For the present moment up to 18 villages were subject to the demining activities.