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Day 1 | Monday 2 December

1. Official opening of the meeting

The meeting was opened by the President of the Twelfth Meeting of the States Parties (12MSP), H.E. Matjaz Kovacic, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations (Geneva).

2. Election of the President 

The meeting elected H.E. Boudjemâa Delmi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations (Geneva), as President of the 13MSP.

3.  Ceremonial opening of the Thirteenth Meeting

The 13MSP began with a brief message from the UN Secretary General, which was delivered by UNOG's Acting Director Michael Møller followed by the Vice President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the President of the Council of Foundation of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining.

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4.  Adoption of the agenda

The meeting adopted its agenda, which was presented to delegations on 30 May at the meeting of the Standing Committee on the General Status and Operation of the Convention.

5.  Election of the Vice-Presidents

The meeting elected the ten Co-Chairs of the Standing Committees as Vice-Presidents of the 13MSP: Austria, Bulgaria, Colombia, Ecuador, Mozambique, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway and Thailand.

6.  Confirmation of the Secretary-General

The meeting confirmed, as Secretary-General of the 13MSP, H.E. Urs Schmid, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament.

7.  Organisation of work

The meeting adopted its programme, which had been presented to delegations on 30 May at the meeting of the Standing Committee on the General Status and Operation of the Convention.

8. General exchange of views

The following States Parties delivered general statements: Jordan, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Brazil, Yemen, Thailand, Austria, Mexico, Algeria, Ecuador, Finland, the Philippines, Burundi, Kuwait, Indonesia and Turkey. Zambia submitted a written statement. In addition, the European Union delivered a statement on behalf of the 28 Member States of the EU (all of which are parties to the Convention) and nine other States Parties.

The following observer delegations delivered general statements: China, Morocco, Palestine, UNMAS (on behalf of the UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action) and the ICBL.

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9. Informal presentation of requests submitted under Article 5 and of analyses of these requests

Chad presented its request for an extended mine clearance deadline and the 12MSP President presented the analysis of this request. The following delegations shared views with respect to this request: Norway, the ICBL and the ICRC.

Mozambique presented its request for an extended mine clearance deadline and the 12MSP President presented the analysis of this request. The following delegations shared views with respect to this request: Australia, Norway, Angola, the ICRC and the ICBL.

Niger presented its request for an extended mine clearance deadline and the 12MSP President presented the analysis of this request. The following delegations shared views with respect to this request: Australia, Norway, the ICBL and the ICRC.

Serbia presented its request for an extended mine clearance deadline and the 12MSP President presented the analysis of this request. The following delegations shared views with respect to this request: Norway, Australia, the ICRC and the ICBL.

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