States were keen to negotiate a convention to ban anti-personnel mines by the end of 1997.
In the pursuit of this aim, Austria took on the lead role of elaborating a draft text.
The 12-14 February 1997 Experts Meeting was designed to elicit comments on the text and to intensify efforts towards a total ban. H.E. Thomas Hajnoczi of Austria chaired the 1997 Vienna Meeting and was a central figure throughout the Ottawa Process. [Thomas Hajnoczi returned to the work of the Convention as Chair of the Conference in 2017.]
The United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, were invited to participate.
UN records indicate that the Vienna meeting "made clear that the question of possible verification measures would give rise to considerable debate among States. Germany decided to host a governmental meeting which would be devoted exclusively to this question."
The Ottawa Process continues
Neither the text of the draft Convention discussed in Vienna in February 1997, nor two subsequent drafts contained measures to assist landmine survivors.