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MARSHALL ISLANDS, Landmine Monitor Report 2001
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The Marshall Islands signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 4 December 1997, but has not yet ratified. While the President of the Marshall Islands, H.E. Kessai Note, has given his “full support” to the treaty, there do not appear to have been any new steps taken toward ratification in the reporting period.[1] The Marshall Islands was the only Mine Ban Treaty signatory to abstain from voting on pro-ban UN General Assembly Resolution 55/33V in November 2000. Previously, it voted in support of the 1996 and 1997 UNGA resolutions on landmines but abstained on the votes on the 1998 and 1999 resolutions. One possible reason for this abstention and for the lack of ratification could be the close economic, political and military dependence between the Marshall Islands and the United States, a non-signatory, as defined by the Compact of Free Association. It is believed that the Marshall Islands has never produced, transferred, stockpiled or used antipersonnel mines. There is UXO left over from World War II.

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[1] UNICEF, Report on the Pacific visit of Tun Chanareth, International Campaign to Ban Landmines Ambassador, 22-31 March 2000, p. 10.