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EQUATORIAL GUINEA, Landmine Monitor Report 2001
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Equatorial Guinea acceded to the Mine Ban Treaty on 16 September 1998. It has not yet submitted any Article 7 transparency reports; the first was due by 28 August 1999 and the subsequent reports annually on 30 April. It has not enacted implementing legislation. The official in charge of this process, Ambassador Pedro Edjang Mba Medja explained that the delay was because of weak capacity and that Malabo needed assistance in enacting the treaty’s provisions into national legislation.[1]

The Ambassador confirmed that Equatorial Guinea has never used, produced, or imported antipersonnel mines, and does not maintain a stockpile of landmines, even for training purposes. He said that Equatorial Guinea is not mine-affected and has no mine victims.[2]

The government has not participated in either Meeting of States Parties, nor any of the meetings of the intersessional Standing Committees. In February 2001, Equatorial Guinea participated for the first time in an international meeting on landmines when it attended the Bamako Seminar on Universalization and Implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty in Africa, held in Mali. It voted in favor of the November 2000 UN General Assembly resolution supporting the Mine Ban Treaty. It is not a party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons.

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[1] Interview with Ambassador Pedro Edjang Mba Medja, Bamako, 15 February 2001.
[2] Ibid.