3 December 2012

Angola: Nation At Convention On Landmines Destruction

Geneva — Angola is attending the 12th Meeting of States Parties to the Ottawa Convention on the destruction of anti-personnel mines, started Monday in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Angolan delegation at the event is headed by Santana André Pitra "Petroff", chairman of the National Inter-Sectoral Demining and Humanitarian Assistance Commission (CNIDAH).

The meeting that is going until Friday will allow the international community to assess the efforts focussed on the implementation of the Cartagena Action Plan for 2010-2014.

The event will also identify priority areas of work for the States Parties to the period between the 12th and 13th Meeting of States Parties.

Among the issues to be examined, especially the requests for extension of time to continue the demining operations and securing mined areas, under the jurisdiction or control of the State Party in accordance with Articles 5.1 and paragraph 5.2 of the Ottawa Convention.

Angola, which ratified the Convention in July 2002 and submitted the report of transfer under the article 7 in September 2004, is on the list of countries that requested the extension, along with Afghanistan, Cyprus and Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, the country has identified the areas under its jurisdiction and controlled containing or suspected to contain anti-personnel mine that is required to destroy and ensure safety in mined localities until January 1, 2013, ten years after the entry into force of the Ottawa Convention.

Among the conditions of the request for extension of Angola stress goes to the implementation of a project to identify, map and make sure of the areas that have been exactly deforested and the demining extension in the country.

This will allow to complement the nontechnical research project and eliminate inaccuracies in the dimensions recorded minefields or suspected areas during three years period (2012-2015).

Over 100 countries have signed the Ottawa Convention on banning of use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines and its destruction.

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