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Holy See

Last Updated: 05 October 2012

Mine Ban Policy

The Holy See signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 4 December 1997 and ratified it on 17 February 1998, becoming a State Party on 1 March 1999. The Holy See has never used, produced, imported, exported, or stockpiled antipersonnel mines, including for training purposes. The Holy See believes that new legislation specifically to implement the Mine Ban Treaty is unnecessary. In 2012, the Holy See submitted its 12th Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report, indicating that all information remains unchanged from the previous report.

The Holy See attended the Eleventh Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty in Phnom Penh in November–December 2011, delivering a statement during the general exchange of views where it highlighted the importance of victim assistance.[1] In May 2012, the Holy See participated in the intersessional Standing Committee meetings in Geneva.

The Holy See is party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons and its Amended Protocol II on landmines and Protocol V on explosive remnants of war.


[1] Statement of the Holy See, Mine Ban Treaty Eleventh Meeting of States Parties, Geneva, 29 November 2011.