Last Updated: 24 October 2011

Mine Ban Policy

Mine ban policy overview

Mine Ban Treaty status

Not a State Party

Pro-mine ban UNGA voting record

Abstained on Resolution 65/48 in December 2010 as it did on similar General Assembly resolutions in previous years

Participation in Mine Ban Treaty meetings

Has never attended a Mine Ban Treaty meeting, including the Tenth Meeting of States Parties in Geneva in November–December 2010 or the intersessional meetings in June 2011


The Republic of Uzbekistan has not acceded to the Mine Ban Treaty. Uzbekistan has stated that mines are necessary for national security to prevent the flow of narcotics, arms, and insurgent groups across its borders.  Uzbekistan did not attend any international meeting on the Mine Ban Treaty during 2010 or the first half of 2011.

Uzbekistan is party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) and its original Protocol II on landmines, but has not joined CCW Amended Protocol II or CCW Protocol V on explosive remnants of war.

Use, production, transfer, and stockpiling

Uzbekistan has stated that it does not produce antipersonnel mines.[1] It is not known to have exported the weapon. It inherited a stockpile of antipersonnel mines from the Soviet Union. The size, composition, and condition of the stockpile are not known. One Ministry of Defense official indicated the stock consisted of OZM-72, PОМZ, and PMN antipersonnel mines, while another said it contains all types of mines that were made in the Soviet Union. The mines are held by both the Ministry of Defense and the Committee on State Border Protection.[2]

Uzbekistan has used antipersonnel mines in the past, including on its borders with Afghanistan in 1998, Kyrgyzstan in 1999, and Tajikistan in 2000.


[1] Letter to the Monitor from Amb. Shavkat Khamrakulov, Embassy of Uzbekistan to the United States, 31 July 2001. Other officials have also made this claim.

[2] Interviews with a Ministry of Defense engineering officer, May 2004, and a Ministry of Defense official, February 2003.