On the evening of June 10 2006, in the Congressional Hall of the Holiday Inn Hotel, American Chamber of Commerce in BiH with the support of the Embassies of the United States and Canada hosted its fourth gala event for demining activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina “Night of a Thousand Dinners“. Donors contributed 193,680 KM, which will be doubled by the government of the United States through a contribution to the International Trust Fund, for a total of 387,360 KM.

The total amount /the original contributions and the matched amount/ will be returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina and used to clear minefields chosen by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The “Night of a Thousand Dinners 2006” was attended by officials from the state government, diplomatic corps, and many representatatives from the business community.

Canadian Ambassador Shelley Whiting, U.S Ambassador Douglas McElhaney and American Chamber of Commerce President Faruk Telibećirović spoke to the guests about the importance of supporting mine action activities.

H.E Ambassador Whiting stated that, “Canada is proud of its support to demining activities in BiH. Thanks to the generosity and corporate leaership of our Night of a Thousand Dinners, we are closer to achieving our common goal – Bosnia and Herzegovina free of landmines.

H. E. Ambassador McElhaney stated that, “The United States of America is commited to addressing the legacy and threat of persistent landmines and unexploded ordnance, I would like to thank the American Chamber of Commerce for taking the lead in hosting this event.