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Land mine removal begins in Chile-Peru border

Tuesday, October 16, 2012    

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Norwegian non-governmental organization has begun removing hundreds of thousands of landmines along the border of Chile and Peru.

Chile's government says 29 international experts of Norwegian Popular Aid began work on Monday.

Experts are expected to remove all anti-personnel and anti-tank mines in about two months. Flooding from heavy rains earlier this year dislodged mines, floating two of the explosive devices onto the Pan-American Highway near the border with Peru.

The land mines are among thousands laid in the 1970s by the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet during a time of tensions with Peru.

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