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Maldives, Landmine Monitor Report 2003


The Republic of Maldives signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 1 October 1998, ratified it on 7 September 2000 and became a State Party on 1 March 2001. The Maldives’ initial Article 7 transparency report, due on 28 August 2001, was submitted on 15 August 2002. In this report Maldives states with respect to national implementation measures that it has “strict control of importation, exportation and transshipment of antipersonnel landmines in the country by any party, be it local or foreign.”[1] Maldives also officially declared that it is not a mine-affected country and that it has never produced, transferred, or stockpiled antipersonnel mines. The annual updated Article 7 report, due on 30 April 2003, had not been submitted as of July 2003.

Maldives has not attended any of the annual meetings of States Parties, nor any of the intersessional Standing Committee meetings. It voted in favor of the pro-ban UN General Assembly Resolution 57/74 in November 2002. Maldives is party to the Convention of Conventional Weapons and its Amended Protocol II, but did not participate in the Fourth Annual Conference of States Parties to Amended Protocol II or submit a national annual report in December 2002.

[1] Article 7 Report, Form A. The date of submission on the form is 15 August 2002, though on the UN website it is 17 September 2002. The report covers the period from 7 September 2000 to 30 March 2001.