Chile ratified the Convention on 10 September 2001, and the Convention entered into force for Chile on 1 March 2002.

Stockpile Destruction (Article 4)

In its initial transparency report submitted on 5 September 2002, Chile reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession.

In 2003, Chile reported that it had completed the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines. In total, Chile reported having destroyed 299,219 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.

As of 2018, Chile has reported having retained 2,197 anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes. These mines are used to train deminers of the Chilean army and navy in the detection, deactivation, and destruction of anti-personnel mines.

Mine Clearance (Article 5)

In its initial transparency report, Chile 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, Chile undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 March 2012.

On 14 April 2011, Chile submitted a request to extend its mine clearance deadline. The request was granted at the Eleventh Meeting of the States Parties and a new deadline set for 1 March 2020.

Chilean authorities announced that it hat met its obligation "within the deadline set to us under the Ottawa Convention." While the formal announcement will take place at the Eighteenth Meeting of the States Parties, Chile announced it had cleared 195 mined areas, 89 in the Arica and Parinacota Region, 8 in the Tarapacá Region, 2 in the Valparaíso Region, 1 in the Metropolitan Region, and 28 in the Chilean Magellan and Antarctic Region, destroying 177,725 mines in the process.

Extension Request submitted by Chile to extend its mine clearance deadline

Chile's Extension Request Received 14 April 2011 Spanish PDF 16.0MB

Additional Information Received 3 June 2011 English/Spanish PDF 577KB

Chile's Extension Request Executive Summary Spanish PDF 75KB

Chile's Extension Request Analysis PDF 82KB

Chile's Extension Request Decision PDF 42KB

Updates on Article 5 Implementation
November 2019 | June 2018 Spanish

Updates on victim assistance
Dec 2017 | November 2018 Spanish

Updates on Cooperation and Assistance
November 2019 Spanish

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Spanish PDF 16.8KB

Chile's 2019 Article 7 transparency report

Landmine clearance in Chile is carried out by the Comisión Nacional de Desminado (CNAD)
Chilean National Demining Commission

 Photos courtesy of CNAD

Press Release | Chile finalises mine clearance operations English | Spanish

Press Release | Chile leads global anti-landmine meeting in Santiago

Press Release | Chile's leadership propels landmine treaty to mobilise funds for mine action

The Secretary General of the Meeting, Julio Bravo, Director of the Human Security Division of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Marta Maurás, Chile's Ambassador to the UN in Geneva who Chaired the meeting.

Press Release | Chile's landmark victim assistance law guarantees rights to landmine and other ERW survivors 

Find other press releases related to Chile's Presidency of the Convention here.

Find more snapshots of Chile at Convention-related activities on Flickr.