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ICELAND, Landmine Monitor Report 1999


Iceland signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 4 December 1997, but has not yet ratified. Iceland was an active participant in all of the Ottawa Process treaty preparatory meetings and the negotiations. Iceland also voted in favor of the United Nations General Assembly resolutions supporting a landmine ban in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Iceland is not a state party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons.  Iceland does not produce, transfer, or use landmines and maintains no landmine stockpiles. Iceland is not landmine affected, though sea mines from World War II occasionally wash up on its shores. [1]

Iceland’s representative at the Ottawa signing ceremony said that “Iceland will take an active interest in the International Action Plan to address assistance and rehabilitation of victims with the objective to contribute to the best of its ability in these two important areas.”[2] Iceland has donated $10,000 to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Clearance. Iceland has also donated $800,000 to Ossur, a company that manufactures prostheses, for the provision of prosthetic limbs, training, and equipment in Bosnia-Herzegovina.[3]


[1]Country Profiles, United Nations Demining Database, http:www.un.org.Depts/Landmine/ (Ref. 3/12/99).

[2]Statement by Mr. Helgi Agustsson, Permanent Under-Secretary, Head of Icelandic Delegation to Mine Ban Treaty Signing Ceremony, Ottawa, 3-4 December 1997.

[3]United States Department of State, Hidden Killers, September 1998, pp. C-1, C-6.