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SURINAME, Landmine Monitor Report 2000
LM Report 2000 Full Report   Executive Summary   Key Findings   Key Developments   Translated Country Reports


Key developments since March 1999: Suriname’s Foreign Minister expects ratification of the Mine Ban Treaty in 2000.

Suriname signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 4 December 1997 but has yet to ratify it. According to Foreign Minister Erroll G. Snijders:

Suriname has already taken the necessary action to be able to ratify the Ottawa Convention....This Convention is brought to the attention of the meeting of the State Council.... After advice from the State Council, the relevant documents will have to be brought to Parliament. It is expected that the Republic of Suriname will be in a position to ratify the Ottawa Convention some time this year.[1]

Suriname did not participate in the May 1999 First Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty, and has not taken part in any of the treaty’s intersessional meetings.

Suriname voted for the December 1999 UN General Assembly resolution in support of the Mine Ban Treaty, as it had for similar resoutions in 1997 and 1998. It has also supported the pro-ban Organization of American States resolutions. Suriname is not a party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons, nor a member of the Conference on Disarmament.

Suriname is not believed to have ever produced or exported AP mines. However, during the 1986-1992 internal conflict in Suriname, an estimated 1,000 mines were laid. The supplier of the mines used in the conflict is not known. It is also not known if Suriname currently maintains a stockpile of AP mines. At the cessation of conflict in August 1992, Suriname requested assistance from the OAS to help clear the emplanted mines. Under the OAS-sponsored program, “Operation Pur Baka”, land in Suriname was surveyed and cleared and Suriname has since been declared clear of mines.[2] It is not known if there have been any landmine casualties in Suriname.


[1] Letter from Erroll G. Snijders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Suriname, to Dr. P. Hajac, ICBL Campaigner, Wroclaw, Poland, 28 February 2000.
[2] UN Database Country Report: Suriname.