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BAHAMAS, Landmine Monitor Report 1999


The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bahamas, Janet G. Bostwick, signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 3 December 1997 and made the statement: “The Bahamas produces no antipersonnel mines, has never used or stockpiled them, or engaged in any way in their transfer. However, we are morally obligated to play a meaningful role in global efforts to rid the world of them.”[1]

The Bahamas ratified the treaty on 31 July 1998, the thirtieth nation to do so. It has not enacted domestic implementation legislation. The Bahamas endorsed the Brussels declaration, but did not participate in the Oslo negotiations. It voted in favor of the key 1996, 1997 and 1998 UN General Assembly resolutions on landmines and also supported relevant resolutions and declarations of CARICOM and the Organization of American States (OAS). The Bahamas is not mine-affected.


[1]Statement made by the Honorable Janet G. Bostwick, Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the Treaty Signing Conference, Ottawa, Canada, December 1997. See also, response to Landmine Monitor questionnaire completed by the High Commission for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, in Ottawa, 2 February 1999.