7 December 2012

Angola: Demining Operations Period in Angola Expanded

Geneva — The intermediate request of five-year expansion by Angola to continue with the demining operations and securing mined areas was accepted by the States Parties of the Ottawa Convention, during its 12th meeting that ended Friday in Geneva (Switzerland).

Angola, which ratified the Convention in July 2002, requested the expansion in order to comply with Articles 5.1 and 5.2 that obliges member States to identify areas under its jurisdiction and controlled or suspected to contain anti-personnel landmines, to destroy and ensure safety at mine until January 1, 2013, ten years after its coming into force.

The decision contained in the resolutions of the meeting expressed Angola's will to continue its efforts to fulfil of the best way all obligations on the destruction of anti-personnel mines, as backed by the chairperson of the Inter-Sectoral Demining and Humanitarian Assistance (CNIDAH), Santana André Pitra "Petroff" in his speech.

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