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Slovenian ITF fund's 20th anniversary celebrated in Washington

An event hosted by the Slovenian Embassy in Washington on 28 September has marked 20 years of the Slovenian government-led nonprofit organization ITF Enhancing Human Security and the US support of its efforts.

The event, held at the United States Diplomacy Center, was addressed by Slovenian President Borut Pahor and US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Elisabeth Millard. It was also attended by Foreign Minister Miro Cerar.

The ITF anniversary also marks 20 years of successful cooperation between the US and Slovenia in the field. It was former Slovenian Foreign Minister Boris Frlec and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright who agreed to forming ITF in 1998 in order to help Bosnia and Herzegovina implement the Dayton Peace Agreement.

Since then, the US has invested US$220m in projects managed by ITF, matching the funds that Slovenia collected from other sources. With the US support, ITF today operates in 31 countries, having cleared more than 139 million square meters of mine-affected land, provided psychological support to more than 17,500 people and educated 54,000 people about the dangers of landmines.

The event is accompanied by an exhibition of photographs by acclaimed Slovenian photographers who have been following ITF's work around the world.