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BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

Brunei Darussalam signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 4 December 1997, but has yet to ratify. Brunei participated as an observer in the Second Meeting of States Parties in September 2000. However, the official delegate could give no information on or commitment to the final ratification of the treaty.[307] Brunei voted in favor of the pro-Mine Ban Treaty UN General Assembly resolution in November 2000, as it had in previous years. Brunei is not a party to the Amended Protocol II of the Convention on Conventional Weapons and did not participate in the Second Annual Conference of the States Parties to Amended Protocol II in December 2000.

In the past, the military has indicated that it wants to retain the option to use antipersonnel mines and that the security environment is not ideal for ratification.[308] Defense officials have said that Brunei has never used, produced, or exported antipersonnel mines, and has a small stockpile largely for training purposes.[309] Brunei is not mine-affected.

Landmine Monitor requests for interviews with the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs have not yielded any response in 2000 or 2001.

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[307] Interview with Abu Sufian Haji Ali, First Secretary, Geneva, 12 September 2000.
[308] Interview with Ministry of Defense officials, 11 February 1999. See Landmine Monitor Report 2000, p. 449 for more details.
[309] Ibid.