NATO approved the entrance of the Colombian Demining Center to its network of training centers.

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March 22, 2019

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Brussels, Belgium, March 20, 2019.

The North Atlantic Council approved the admission of the International Demining Center of Colombia (Cides) to the Community of Alliances Training and Education Centres of NATO (Ptec).

With this recognition, Cides of Colombia becomes the 33rd center in the world to belong to this select group, which since 1999 has played an essential role in supporting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) by offering multiple courses and training to allies and partners.

As part of the Ptec community, Cides will contribute to the education and training of NATO nations' personnel and partners in the crucial area of humanitarian and military demining.

In 2018, the Ptec trained nearly 50,000 people and conducted about 1,300 courses. In addition, the community organized about 200 mobile training teams.

Recognition process

In October 2018, a team of multifunctional experts from NATO visited the International Demining Centre in Tolemaida, Colombia to assess their suitability for inclusion in the Alliance's Community of Training and Education Centers.

The team concluded that recognition of Cides would contribute positively to the education and training of allied personnel and NATO partners in humanitarian and military demining.

NATO dictated that Colombia can contribute this capacity in favor of peace and global security.

Finally, on March 6, 2019, it was agreed to send the Colombian proposal to the Council for final approval.

Colombia in NATO

Colombia has been a 'global partner' of NATO since 2017 and the only one of that organization in Latin America.

On October 23, President Ivan Duque met in Brussels with the Secretary of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, and one of the issues discussed was demining.

On that occasion, President Duque said that Colombia has made significant progress in this area and thanked NATO "for the support it has given us so that we can have our demining facilities certified".