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The United Kingdom ratified the Convention on 31 July 1998, and the Convention entered into force for the United Kingdom on 1 March 1999.

Stockpile Destruction (Article 4)

In its initial transparency report submitted on 26 August 1999, United Kingdom reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession or under its jurisdiction or control.

In 2003, United Kingdom reported that it had completed the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines. In total, United Kingdom reported having destroyed 2,401,324 mines.

Retained Mines (Article 3)

Notwithstanding the obligation to destroy all stockpiled anti-personnel mines, the Convention permits the retention of the minimum number of anti-personnel mines absolutely necessary for the development of and training in mine detection, mine clearance, or mine destruction techniques. The United Kingdom has reported having retained 724 anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes. Mines are retained with the objective of identifying the anti-personnel mine threat to the United Kingdom Armed Forces, together with maintaining and improving detection, protection, clearance and destruction techniques including for explosive improvised device. 

Mine Clearance (Article 5)

In its initial transparency report, United Kingdom reported areas under its jurisdiction or control in which anti-personnel mines are known or suspected to be emplaced.

In accordance with Article 5 of the Convention, the United Kingdom undertakes to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 March 2009.

On 31 May 2008, the United Kingdom submitted a request to extend its mine clearance deadline. The request was granted at the Ninth Meeting of the States Parties and a new deadline set for 1 March 2019.

Article 5 Extension Request

United Kingdom's Extension Request Received 31 May 2008 PDF 3.1MB

United Kingdom's Extension Request Executive Summary
Chinese PDF 172KB | Chinese Addendum PDF 211KB
English PDF 33KB | Russian PDF 89KB
Spanish PDF 84KB

United Kingdom's Extension Request Analysis
English PDF 40KB | Russian PDF 96KB
Spanish PDF 94KB

United Kingdom's Extension Request Decision PDF 82KB

Update on Article 5 implementation, June 2014 PDF 350KB

United Kingdom's Article 7 transparency report submitted in 2015 PDF 57KB

Information on the exploitation of mines recovered during the implementation of Article 5 by the United Kingdom, 18 May 2015 PDF 8.7MB

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