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MALDIVES, Landmine Monitor Report 2001
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Key developments since May 2000: Maldives ratified the Mine Ban Treaty on 7 September 2000 and it entered into force for Maldives on 1 March 2001.

Maldives signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 1 October 1998 and ratified on 7 September 2000. The treaty thus entered into force for Maldives on 1 March 2001. Landmine Monitor is unaware of any action regarding national implementation legislation or other measures.

Maldives has voted in favor of all pro-ban UN General Assembly resolutions since 1996, including the November 2000 resolution supporting the Mine Ban Treaty. Maldives did not attend the Second Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty in Geneva in September 2000, or the intersessional Standing Committee meetings in December 2000 and May 2001. The initial transparency measures report from the Maldives is due by 28 August 2001. Maldives acceded to the Convention on Conventional Weapons and its Amended Protocol II on 7 September 2000.

In 1997 Ambassador Ahmed Mujuthaba told the UN First Committee, “My country has never engaged in the production, use, transfer or the stockpiling of antipersonnel mines, nor has any aspiration to do so.”[1] Maldives is not mine-affected. Maldives is not known to have contributed to any humanitarian mine action programs or taken part in mine clearance operations.

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[1] Statement by Ambassador Ahmed Mujuthaba, 52nd session, UN General Assembly, First Committee General Debate, New York, 23 October 1997.