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SEYCHELLES, Landmine Monitor Report 2001
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Key developments since May 2000: Seychelles ratified the Mine Ban Treaty on 2 June 2000 and became a State Party on 1 December 2000.

The Republic of Seychelles signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 4 December 1997, ratified it on 2 June 2000 and became a State Party on 1 December 2000. Apart from the ratification law no national implementation legislation has yet been adopted.[1] Seychelles recognizes the need to implement Article 9 of the treaty, but due to other more pressing legal issues, the Mine Ban Treaty has a “lower priority” as it has already been ratified.[2] Seychelles initial transparency report as required by Article 7 of the Mine Ban Treaty was due on 30 May 2001, but as of July 2001 had not been submitted to the UN.

Seychelles did not attend the Second Meeting of States Parties in September 2000 owing to “severe resource constraints,”[3] and has not participated in any of the intersessional Standing Committee meetings. It also did not attend the Bamako Seminar on the Universalization and Implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty in Africa, held in Mali on 15-16 February 2001. In November 2000, at the United Nations General Assembly, Seychelles voted in favor of Resolution 55/33v supporting the Mine Ban Treaty.

Seychelles is a party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons and has adhered to its Amended Protocol II.

Seychelles has not produced, exported or imported antipersonnel mines and has no stockpile. Seychelles does not allow the transfer or transit of antipersonnel mines on its territory. It is illegal for anyone other than the military to handle explosives in Seychelles or to produce, transfer or export such weapons.[4]

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[1] Ratification instrument signed by France Albert Rene, President of the Republic of Seychelles.
[2] Email from William Bell, Director, Legal Affairs & Research, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Seychelles, 13 June 2001.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Ibid.