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SÃO TOMÉ E PRÍNCIPE, Landmine Monitor Report 1999


São Tomé e Príncipe signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 30 April 1998, the 125th country to sign. According to a government official, the late signature was due to bureaucratic problems.[1] The same official said that parliament had already approved the ban treaty and the president was about to ratify it.[2] São Tomé was absent from votes on key UN General Assembly resolutions on landmines and did not attend any meetings of the Ottawa Process. São Tomé and Principe is not known to have ever produced or exported antipersonnel mines. According to Luís Maria from the Office of the Chief-of-Staff of the São Tomean Armed Forces, there are no stockpiles of antipersonnel landmines in the country.[3]


[1]LM Researcher telephone interview with Dr. Ana Paula Alvim of the Department of Multilateral Issues in the office of International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, São Tomé, 26 March 1999.


[3]LM Researcher telephone interview, São Tomé, 26 March 1999.