For an update on the Status of the Mine Ban Treaty, see the following:
Mine areas in Jordan have been cleared – Jordan’s National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation (NCDR), under the leadership of its Director Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, declared on 21 March that all known minefields in the country are safe after nearly 20 years of demining.
Finland joined the Mine Ban Treaty on 9 January 2012 - Finland deposited its instrument of accession at the UN in New York on Monday, 9 January 2012, the UN announced. Finland will now destroy its stockpile of more than one million antipersonnel mines within four years, as required by the treaty. Finland provides millions of Euro to global demining efforts each year. “We hope other nations will now follow Finland’s lead, particularly Poland, the only European nation not to have fully joined the ban treaty,” said Firoz Alizada (ICBL) in a press release by ICBL on 12 January 2012. At the 11th Meeting of States Parties, Mr Hautala, the Finnish Minister for International Development, had already stated that: “Finland will be committed to the promotion of the universalization of the Ottawa Convention in the future.”
Eleventh Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty
The 11th Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from 28 November to 3 December 2011, welcomed Tuvalu and South Sudan to the mine ban community. “This breaks a long period of stagnation on the universalization front,” said ICBL.
In a press release on 2 December 2011, ICBL condemned new use of mines by Israel, Gaddafi’s forces in Libya, and Myanmar and reported serious allegations of mine use in Syria. On victim assistance, ICBL said: “Still more than 4,000 landmine victims are reported each year. Assistance and services for landmine survivors are insufficient and difficult to access in most states actually affected by landmines.”
- ISC meetings on the MBT: 21-25 May 2012, Geneva
- 11th Meeting of States Parties to the MBT, 3-7 December 2012, Geneva