Opening of the meeting
The meeting of the Standing Committee on Stockpile Destruction was convened by its Co-Chairs, Mr. René Haug of Switzerland and Mr. Radu Horumba of Romania, with the support of its Co-Rapporteurs, Mr. Luigi Scotto of Italy and Mr. Carlos J. Arroyave of Guatemala. In accordance with the President's Action Programme of the Fourth Meeting of the State Parties (4MSP), the Co-Chairs indicated their desire that the Standing Committee focus its attention on State Parties updating information concerning the deadlines for stockpile destruction.
Overview of the status of implementation
The Co-Chairs introduced a document that highlighted progress in the implementation of Article 4. They noted that while all States Parties that had a 1 March 2003 to destroy stockpiled AP mines had communicated that they had done so, important challenges remain. The ICBL presented a general overview of the progress made since the last meeting. According to the ICBL, more than 30 million AP mines have been destroyed, 48 State Parties have completed their destruction programmes, and 93 States Parties are free of AP mine stocks. The ICBL noted that with respect to mines retained in accordance with Article 3, 54 State Parties decided not to retain any mines, 1 State Party decided to keep almost 70'000 mines, 11 States Parties are retaining more than 5,000, 30 States Parties between 1,000 and 5,000 and 20 States Parties less than 1,000.
National updates on implementation
In keeping with past practice, the Co-Chairs dedicated the majority of the meeting's time to national updates on implementation:
Assistance and Co-operation in the area of stockpile destruction
Bangladesh and Senegal requested financial assistance for the implementation of the Convention and reaffirmed their commitment to fulfil their obligations. Italy reaffirmed its willingness to assist other countries in their destruction processes.^
Destruction of PFM mines
With respect to PFM-1 landmines, the GICHD, Bulgaria and Ukraine gave technical presentations on the destruction of such mines. The European Commission and the UNDP provided updates on their efforts in this area. The ICRC reported on the mine action seminar which took place in the February in Kiev.
Food for thought paper
The Co-Chairs recalled that a "food for thought" paper was distributed in February outlining several issues related to post stockpile destruction measures. The GICHD offered its services with respect to retaining the knowledge base on stockpile destruction experiences. The ICBL expressed several views with respect to the Co-Chairs' papers. With respect to the declaration of the completion of the stockpile destruction and of AP mines retained in accordance with Article 3, the United Nations made some constructive suggestions concerning the proper use of Forms B and D in Article 7 Reports.