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Day 2 | Tuesday 3 December

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

Sudan 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 ICBL and the ICRC.

Turkey 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 ICRC and the ICBL.

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Reflecting on how to enhance international and assistance and to increase resources mobilization

The President recalled that the Cartagena Summit attached great importance to the matter of international cooperation and assistance and that the 13MSP is the last formal meeting to take stock of collective efforts on this and other matters before the Third Review Conference. In this context, the President introduced three interactive panel discussions on ways and means to enhance international and assistance and to increase resources mobilization.

10a. Interactive Panel Discussion #1: Assessing the Convention’s cooperation and assistance machinery.

A panel that included the ISU, Mexico and the ICRC initiated discussion on assessing the Convention’s cooperation and assistance machinery. This was followed by views which were shared by the following delegations: Switzerland, the European Union, Yemen, Australia, Algeria, Japan and the ICBL.

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b. Interactive Panel Discussion #2: Exploring the use of partnerships to support Article 5 completion

Panel members representing Mozambique, Norway and the UNDP initiated discussion on examining how Article 5 completion can be fueled by solid partnerships which feature strong national ownership by affected States Parties, a lasting commitment on the part of those in a position to assist, and an intermediary or capacity-building entity. A fourth panelist – UNMAS – highlighted the importance of partnerships for completion at the international level. This was followed by views which were shared by the following delegations: Colombia, Australia, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the ICBL.

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c. Interactive Panel Discussion #3: Exploring the use of partnerships to support victim assistance

A panel which included the Co-Chairs of the Standing Committee on Resources, Cooperation and Assistance, Ecuador and Thailand, initiated discussion on examining how partnerships can support efforts to assist mine victims. They noted that this was an important topic considered at the June 2013 Bangkok Symposium. They also presented other conclusions from the symposium. This was followed by views which were shared by the following delegation: the ICBL.

11a. Consideration of the general status and operation of the Convention: Victim Assistance

The following States Parties that are responsible for significant numbers of mine victims provided updates on their efforts: Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Peru, Sudan, Tajikistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Burundi.

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