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KIRIBATI, Landmine Monitor Report 2001
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Key developments since May 2000: Kiribati acceded to the Mine Ban Treaty on 7 September 2000.

Kiribati acceded to the Mine Ban Treaty on 7 September 2000, and the treaty entered into force for Kiribati on 1 March 2001. Domestic legislation to implement the treaty is in preparation, but could take some time as Kiribati lacks resources.[1] Kiribati’s initial Article 7 transparency measures report is due by 28 August 2001. In March 2001, the Kiribati delegate to the UN Asia-Pacific Regional Disarmament Conference in Wellington stated that Kiribati is “fully committed” to the banning of antipersonnel mines and joined the treaty because it views the weapon as “immoral, inhumane and indiscriminate.”[2] During the regional meeting Kiribati confirmed its mine–free status; that it has never used, produced, transferred or stockpiled antipersonnel mines. While there is unexploded ordnance (UXO) left over from World War II, especially on Tarawa, this is not believed to include landmines.

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[1] Interview with Mrs. Reteta Nikuata, Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kiribati, Wellington, 30 March 2001.
[2] Ibid.