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São Tomé E Príncipe, Landmine Monitor Report 2004

São Tomé E Príncipe

Key developments since May 2003: São Tomé e Príncipe became a State Party on 1 September 2003, having ratified the Mine Ban Treaty on 31 March 2003. It has not submitted its initial Article 7 transparency report, which was due on 28 February 2004.

São Tomé e Príncipe did not participate in the Ottawa Process leading to the Mine Ban Treaty in 1997, but it signed the treaty on 30 April 1998 and ratified on 31 March 2003. The treaty entered into force on 1 September 2003. It is not known if the country has enacted implementing legislation, as São Tomé has not submitted its initial Article 7 report, due by 28 February 2004. It has never attended a Mine Ban Treaty-related meeting. São Tomé has been absent from the votes on the annual pro-mine ban resolutions by the United Nations General Assembly since 1996.

São Tomé e Príncipe is not believed to have produced or exported antipersonnel mines. According to a 1999 statement by a representative of the Chief of Staff of the São Toméan Armed Forces, there are no stockpiles of antipersonnel mines in the country.[1] São Tomé is not mine-affected.

[1] Telephone interview with Luis Maria, Office of the Chief of Staff, São Toméan Armed Forces, São Tomé, 26 March 1999.