In late 2005, Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) Humanitarian disarmament initiated its operations in Jordan, as the only humanitarian demining organization, and has ever since been developing capacities addressing Jordan’s problem with landmines. The Jordanian government made an unyielding commitment to eliminate all landmines by 2012, which falls in accordance with Jordan’s obligations to the International Mine Ban Treaty (MBT), clearing the landmines along its borders in line with article 5 of the MBT.
On the 24th of April 2012, Jordan became the first country in the Middle East to meet the deadline set by the Ottawa Mine-Ban Treaty and declare itself free of landmines.
On May 1st 2012, the NPA Humanitarian Disarmament Programme had completed the clearance of all mined areas along the Northern Border. Due to the topographies of the area, along with possible migrating mines due to several factors such as weather and human interference (smugglers) crossing the mined areas, NPA continued survey- and verification operations of suspected mined areas. The survey/verification activities were accomplished and the “residual risk” posed by possible migrating mines had been addressed, which will contribute towards a successful development of the area.
On August 2013, NPA took the decision to stand down its operational part in Jordan after the completion of the remaining task. Currently, the NPA Jordan office is also supporting the humanitarian disarmaments operations in south Iraq and Libya in relation to finance and administrative issues. A further mandate has been given to monitor and prepare for a comprehensive humanitarian disarmament program into Syria as soon as the ongoing conflict so permits.