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Thursday, 14 December 2017 - 13:54
Sri Lanka joins ‘Ottawa Treaty’
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Sri Lanka has become the 163rd country to accede to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention.
 
Sri Lanka last year pledged to join the international community in supporting the ongoing landmine elimination programme.
 
Sri Lanka's Permanent Mission to the UN in New York deposited the Instrument of Accession to the Convention of the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (Ottawa Treaty) at the Treaty Section of the United Nations in New York yesterday (13).
 
At an event to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Ottawa Convention entitled 'A World Free of Landmines' convened jointly by Permanent Missions of Belgium, Canada, and Colombia at the United Nations, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative, Dr. Rohan Perera made a brief intervention welcoming the initiative taken by the Missions concerned and for the contribution made by these countries in making the Ottawa treaty a reality.
 
"As a full State Party, we look forward taking our place in the promotion of this Convention, including through capacity-building and mine clearance," Dr. Perera said.
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