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Last Updated: 28 October 2011

Mine Ban Policy

The Eastern Republic of Uruguay signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 3 December 1997 and ratified it on 7 June 2001, becoming a State Party on 1 December 2001. It has never used, produced, or exported antipersonnel mines, including for training purposes. It has not enacted new legislation specifically to implement the Mine Ban Treaty. Uruguay submitted its fourth Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report in December 2007 but has not submitted subsequent annual reports.

On 15 September 2004, Uruguay completed destruction of its stockpile of antipersonnel mines, more than a year ahead of its 1 December 2005 treaty-mandated deadline. The number of mines reported as destroyed has varied. Uruguay’s Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report for 2007 reported that 2,013 antipersonnel mines had been destroyed.[1] Uruguay initially retained 500 antipersonnel mines for training and development purposes; as of the end of 2007 Uruguay had reduced this number to 260.[2]

Uruguay did not attend the Tenth Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty in November–December 2010 in Geneva, but it attended the intersessional Standing Committee meetings in Geneva in June 2011.

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


[1] Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Report, Form G, December 2007.

[2] Ibid, Form D.