Celebrating 20 years of Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty

Deminer at work in Bosnia - Photo:Norwegian People's Aid
Deminer during work in Bosnia. Photo credit to Norwegian People's Aid.

In 2019, the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention has been in force for 20 years. For the Norwegian Embassy in Serbia, North-Macedonia and Montenegro the significance of this work has not gone unnoticed.

On March 1, the Norwegian Chairmanship is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, which was signed in Oslo in 1997. As the Convention Chairman in 2019, Norway is proud to lead the 164 States Parties to the Convention.

Unfortunately, mines and other cluster munition remnants (CMR) still poses a great danger to civilians and are hindering sustainable development in many countries. For this reason it is important to highlight the continued work done under the Treaty.

As the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade is the mission responsible for Serbia, North-Macedonia and Montenegro, the mine clearing work here is coming to an end. With help from partners such as Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) mine clearing work is almost complete in Montenegro, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NPA’s Action Plan for Montenegro estimates that as of 2019 less than 1.72km2 of land contains CMR. These areas will be targeted in 2019.

Further, information about the current CMR situation in Serbia can be found here, while Montenegro can be found here. The @MineBanTreaty twitter account is also a good resource.

Each landmine cleared or destroyed represents potential lives or limbs saved! Let’s make a mine-free world a reality.