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PARAGUAY, Landmine Monitor Report 2001
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Paraguay signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 3 December 1997. The National Congress passed ratification legislation, Law 1339, on 6 October 1998, and the instrument of ratification was deposited on 13 November 1998. The treaty entered into force on 1 May 1999. Paraguay has not yet enacted domestic legislation.

In December 1999, the government gave Landmine Monitor a copy of its initial Article 7 transparency report, dated 17 November 1999, which covered the period from 1 March to 17 November 1999. The report has still not been officially submitted to the United Nations, as required. Paraguay has also not submitted its required annual updated reports, due by 30 April 2000 and 30 April 2001. In April 2001, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided a statement to Landmine Monitor that indicated the Article 7 report for the year 2001 has not yet been prepared, because the Armed Forces did not possess antipersonnel mines.[1]

Paraguay did not attend the Second Meeting of States Parties in September 2000, or the intersessional Standing Committee meetings in December 2000 and May 2001. Paraguay did send a representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Regional Seminar on Stockpile Destruction in Buenos Aires in November 2000. Also in November, Paraguay voted in favor of UN General Assembly Resolution 55/33V, supporting the Mine Ban Treaty. Paraguay is not a party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons.

Paraguay is not believed to have ever produced, transferred, or used antipersonnel mines. In the Article 7 report received by Landmine Monitor, Paraguay states that it has no stockpiled antipersonnel mines, including for training purposes.[2] Paraguay is not mine-affected.

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[1] Response to Landmine Monitor from Direction of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, VMRE/DOI/FAX261/2001, dated 18 April 2001.
[2] Article 7 report, dated 17 November 1999, received by Landmine Monitor in December 1999.