Special Envoy on the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention to visit Sri Lanka next week

Special Envoy on the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention to visit Sri Lanka next week

Prince Mired Bin Ra’ad Bin Zeid Al-Hussein, Special Envoy on the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 4th to 7th March 2018.

The visit of the Special Envoy takes place in the wake of Sri Lanka becoming the 163rd State Party to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, having deposited the Instrument of Accession in December 2017.

Sri Lanka’s accession to the Convention has been hailed by the international community as a significant positive development, and it has immensely contributed towards building a positive image of Sri Lanka in the international arena.

During his visit, Prince Mired is scheduled to call on the President and Prime Minister, and to meet with Secretaries to the Ministries of Defense and Resettlement, Commander of the Army, and officials in-charge of mine-clearance. The visit also includes a field visit to a mine-clearance site in Muhamalai, Jaffna on the morning of Tuesday, 6th March 2018.

The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention will enter into force for Sri Lanka on 1 June 2018. By 28 November 2018, Sri Lanka will be required to report on any stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession.

Sri Lanka is currently undertaking mine clearance activities. By 28 November 2018, however, Sri Lanka will be required to formally report on any mined areas under its jurisdiction or control.

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