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COOK ISLANDS, Landmine Monitor Report 2001
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The Cook Islands signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 3 December 1997. While it has not yet ratified, the Cook Islands delegate to the March 2001 UN Asia-Pacific Regional Disarmament Conference in Wellington, told Landmine Monitor that it should ratify in the first half of 2001 and it does not anticipate any problems with the Article 7 reporting requirement.[1] According to the delegate, the Cook Islands would not ratify without first having the appropriate domestic legislation in place to implement the treaty. Following a request by the government, the Commonwealth Secretariat sent a legal advisor to assist with the drafting of the legislation. The Cook Islands is not a member of the United Nations and therefore has not participated in any of the relevant UN General Assembly resolutions on landmines. During the regional disarmament conference, the Cook Islands confirmed that it has never produced, transferred, stockpiled or used antipersonnel mines.[2]

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[1] Interview with Dr. James Gosselin, International Affairs/Legal Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Cook Islands, Wellington, 30 March 2001.
[2] Ibid.