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PALAU, Landmine Monitor Report 2001
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While UNICEF reported in March 2000 that legislation to accede to the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty had been introduced in Palau's House of Representatives, Landmine Monitor could not obtain any updated information on the status of accession.[1] Palau was absent from the vote on UN General Assembly Resolution 55/33V, and was absent on similar resolutions in previous years. One possible reason for lack of accession could be the close economic, political and military dependence between Palau and the United States, a non-signatory, as defined by the Compact of Free Association. It is believed that Palau has never produced, transferred, stockpiled, or used antipersonnel landmines. While the islands of Palau were the scene of fierce fighting in World War II, Palau is not believed to be mine-affected.

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[1] UNICEF, “Report on the Pacific visit of Tun Channareth, International Campaign to Ban Landmines Ambassador, March 22-31, 2000,” pp. 4 and 10.