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


Key developments since March 1999: Turkmenistan has not submitted its Article 7 report that was due by 27 August 1999.

Turkmenistan was the first country in Central Asia to sign the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. It signed on 3 December 1997 and was the fourth country globally to ratify on 19 January 1998. However, it has not yet enacted national legislation implementing the treaty, nor has it submitted its Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report that was due by 27 August 1999.

The Turkmenistan government hosted the first regional conference on landmines in Central Asia in Ashgabat in June 1997. However, Turkmenistan did not attend regional landmine meetings in Moscow in 1998, in Tbilisi in 1999, or in Minsk in 2000. The government did not send a delegation to the First Meeting of States Parties in May 1999 in Maputo, Mozambique, nor has it participated in any of the Mine Ban Treaty intersessional meetings taking place in Geneva. Turkmenistan voted in favor of the December 1999 UN General Assembly resolution supporting the ban treaty, as it had in 1997 and 1998. Turkmenistan is not a party to the 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons, nor a member of the Conference on Disarmament.

Turkmenistan is not believed to have ever produced or exported landmines. Turkmenistan acknowledges that it "has a small stockpile of landmines,"[1] likely inherited from the USSR.

The government has declared that there are no uncleared landmines in Turkmenistan.[2] There are no reports of landmine casualties. Turkmenistan is not known to have contributed to any international mine action programs.

Landmine Monitor 2000 inquiries for new or updated information sent to Turkmenistan ministries and departments and to the Turkmenistan Embassy in Moscow have gone unanswered.


[1] Essen Aidogdyev, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Turkmenistan to the United Nations, New York, letter to Human Rights Watch, N051/'99, 18 March 1999.
[2] Ibid.