Budapest, July 21 (MTI) – Hungary will join the International Trust Fund (ITF) NGO’s humanitarian landmine victim assistance programme for the western Balkans, the foreign ministry’s state secretary said on Tuesday.
Set up in 1998, the Slovenia-based international organisation has been working to eliminate landmines and explosive remnants of war, and help landmine victims with particular focus on children, Istvan Mikola told a press conference.
The leader of ITF and the Slovenian ambassador have recently asked Hungary to cater for the rehabilitation of children injured by landmines, Mikola said.
The first group of children will be treated in Budapest’s Bethesda Children’s Hospital, he said, adding that later on other Hungarian hospitals will be involved.
Hungary has so far contributed 75,000 dollars in financial support as well as experts to help the work of the ITF, Mikola said.