Mine Action Day and the visit of Mr. Ban Ki-moon

Umarbek Pulodov in Tajikistan Mine Action Day

The Round Table session on “The Progress of Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of Antipersonnel Mines in Tajikistan” was held in Dushanbe Somoni Palace on April 5, 2010 to commemorate the International Mine Action Day, under the leadership of the government of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Representatives of ministries and other stakeholders, as well as diplomatic representatives and International and non-governmental organizations registered in Tajikistan and mass media took part in the above Round Table.

The anniversary of the Mine Action Day was commemorated on the day of the visit of the UN Secretary-General Mr.Ban Ki-moon to the Republic of Tajikistan.

The Mine Action exhibition presented the achievements of the activities of diverse program components, such as mine clearance, mine and UXO destruction, manual demining equipment and devices, mine detection dogs, victim assistance and mine risk education.

This exhibition was organized by the TMAC, FSD, OSCE, ICBL&CMC, Ban Advocates, ICRS, RCST and other organizations working on mine action in Tajikistan.

As ICBL, CMC and Ban Advocates representatives in Tajikistan, we organized a photo exhibition to show the damage and harm caused by cluster bombs and focused on encouraging the government to sign the Oslo Treaty, as well as organizing the collection of signatures for the People’s Treaty, and raising awareness on cluster bombs.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon and the President of Tajikistan viewed the exhibition and were highly impressed with the presentation of the consequences of the use of mines and unexploded ordnances.

During the Round Table Mr. Bakhtiyor Tabarovich Khudoyorov, Minister of Justice and Deputy Chairperson of the Commission on the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law for the Republic of Tajikistan delivered a speech on behalf of the government. In his speech, Mr. Khudoyorov pointed out the importance and need for a resolution of the UN General Assembly and expressed his gratitude to the countries and donor countries for their support of the national mine action program. The Minister noted that the government of the Republic of Tajikistan is open for collaboration with all countries and international organizations for the prohibition of antipersonnel mines.

Tajikistan is focused on making Central Asia free of mines. It was confirmed by the speech of I.Rahmon, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan at the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2003: “Central Asia must be free of mines and mine risk-free and we appeal to the broader international community to make appropriate contribution to achieve this goal”.

Jonmahmad Rajabov, Tajikistan Mine Action Center Project Manager, briefed the Round Table participants with the progress of implementation of the national mine action program. Representatives of some embassies and international organizations were involved in the discussion of the speech.

Istammurod Abdulloev, a resident of Penzhikent, who became disabled as a result of a mine explosion on the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, also gave a speech at the above session.

Aziza, Umarbek & Bakhtiyor

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