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Day 4 | Thursday 5 December

11b. Consideration of the general status and operation of the Convention: Mine Clearance (continued)

The following States Parties that have previously been granted extended mine clearance deadlines provided updates: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Cambodia, Chile, Tajikistan, Colombia, and Afghanistan. The following other State Party that is in the process of implementing Article 5 provided an update: Burundi. The following delegation shared views in response to these updates: the ICBL.

The following other delegations shared views or information on matters concerning mine clearance: South Africa, Switzerland, the European Union, Palau, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia and Japan. In addition, Jordan and Norway submitted written statements.

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11c. Consideration of the general status and operation of the Convention: Stockpile Destruction

Norway, in its capacity as Co-Chair of the Standing Committee on Stockpile Destruction, opened discussion on this matter. The following States Parties in the process of destroying stockpiled anti-personnel mines to provided updates: Poland, Belarus, Greece, Ukraine and Finland. The following other delegations shared views or submitted written statements: the United States of America, the European Union, Lithuania, UNMAS on behalf of the IACG-MA, the ICRC and the ICBL.

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11.d. Consideration of the general status and operation of the Convention: Universalization

As time did not permit, the meeting was unable to deal with the item on universalization. However, the following delegations did submit written statements: Belgium (in its capacity as Coordinator of the Universalization Contact Group), Australia, the United States of America, South Africa, the European Union, Slovenia, France, Mexico, Croatia, UNMAS on behalf of the IACG-MA and the ICBL.

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11e. Consideration of the general status and operation of the Convention:  Implementation Support

The Director of the Implementation Support Unit introduced the draft 2014 ISU work plan and budget, the ISU’s 2013 interim narrative and financial report and the ISU’s 2012 audited financial statement.

  • Implementation Support Unit 2014 Work Plan and Budget PDF 89KB
  • Interim report on the 2013 activities, functioning and finances of the Implementation Support Unit and preliminary 2013 financial report PDF 358KB
  • ISU audited financial statement 2012 PDF 691KB

The following delegations shared views on these matters: The Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Jordan, Palau, Mexico and Colombia.

The ISU’s 2014 work plan and budget, the ISU’s 2013 interim narrative and financial report and the ISU’s 2012 audited financial statement were subsequently adopted.

Also under this agenda item, the 13MSP took the following decisions:

The meeting agreed that the First Preparatory Meeting in advance of the Review Conference take place on 6 December 2013 and that a Second Preparatory Meeting take place in Geneva on 10 April 2014.

The meeting agreed that intersessional work in 2014 take place the afternoon 9 April 2014 and that additional intersessional work could take place on 11 April 2014 subject to the Coordinating Committee considering what, if any, additional intersessional work may be required given the short period of time between the 13MSP and the Third Review Conference.

The meeting agreed that the following States Parties will serve as Co-Chairs from the end of the 13MSP for a two-year term:

  • General Status and Operation of the Convention: Belgium
  • Victim Assistance: Costa Rica
  • Mine Clearance: Japan
  • Resources, Cooperation and Assistance: Indonesia
  • Stockpile Destruction: Poland

It was noted that these States Parties will join the following, which will be completing the second year of their two year terms between the end of the 13MSP and the end of the Third Review Conference:

  • Status and Operation of the Convention: New Zealand
  • Victim Assistance: Austria
  • Mine Clearance: Mozambique
  • Resources, Cooperation and Assistance: Ecuador
  • Stockpile Destruction: Norway

It was further noted that these decisions on Co-Chairs were without prejudice to decisions the Third Review Conference in 2014 may wish to take with respect to the Convention’s committee structure or its meeting programme.

The meeting agreed that the Convention’s Third Review Conference take place from the 23 to 27 June 2014 in Maputo, Mozambique and that H.E. Henrique Banze, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mozambique, be designated to preside over the Review Conference.

The meeting accepted the proposal of the 12MSP President that Belgium preside over the 14MSP, without prejudice to when the 14MSP may take place.

Following these decisions, the following delegation took the floor: Mozambique.

Also under this agenda item, Australia, in the context of its role as Coordinator of the informal Sponsorship Programme, provided an update.

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11f. Consideration of the general status and operation of the Convention: Transparency

As time did not permit, the meeting was unable to deal with the item on transparency. However, the following delegations did submit written statements: Belgium (in its capacity as Coordinator of the Article 7 Contact Group) Slovenia, UNMAS on behalf of the IACG-MA and the ICBL.

11g. Consideration of the general status and operation of the Convention: Preventing and suppressing prohibited activities and facilitating compliance

The Co-Chairs the Standing Committee on the General Status and Operation of the Convention, Bulgaria and New Zealand, opened the discussion on this matter. The following delegations then took the floor to share views on compliance concerns:  Yemen, Canada, Norway, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Croatia, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, Colombia, Germany, Malaysia, Turkey, Mexico, the ICRC, the ICBL, UNMAS, South Sudan and Costa Rica.

In addition, following delegations shared views or provided updates on actions related to Article 9 of the Convention: Afghanistan and the ICRC.

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11h. Consideration of the general status and operation of the Convention: Cooperation and Assistance

As time did not permit, the meeting was unable to deal with the item on cooperation and assistance. However the following delegations did submit written statements: Thailand, as a Co-Chairs of the Standing Committee on Resources, Cooperation and Assistance, Lithuania, Sweden, Germany, Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia, Peru and Ecuador, Myanmar and the ICBL.

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12. Consideration of requests submitted under Article 5

The meeting took decisions on the requests for extended mine clearance deadlines which had been submitted by Chad, Mozambique, Niger, Serbia, Sudan and Turkey.

  • Decisions on the Article 5 request submitted by Chad PDF 68KB
  • Decisions on the Article 5 request submitted by Mozambique PDF 71KB
  • Decisions on the Article 5 request submitted by Niger PDF 69KB
  • Decisions on the Article 5 request submitted by Serbia PDF 66KB
  • Decisions on the Article 5 request submitted by Sudan PDF 68KB
  • Decisions on the Article 5 request submitted by Turkey PDF 69KB

The following delegations then took the floor with remarks related to the Article 5 requests: France, Serbia, Mexico, Chad and Sudan.

13. Consideration of matters arising from / in the context of reports submitted under Article 7

As time did not permit, the meeting was unable to deal with this item.

14. Consideration of requests submitted under Article 8

As time did not permit, the meeting was unable to deal with this item.

15. Date, duration, location and presidency for the Third Review Conference, and other matters pertaining to the Third Review Conference

All items of business related to the Third Review Conference were dealt with during discussions under Agenda Item 11.e.

16. Any other business.

As time did not permit, the meeting was unable to deal with this item.

17. Consideration and adoption of the final document

The meeting adopted its final report and in doing so warmly welcomed the Geneva Progress Report 2012-2013. In addition, in adopting its final report, the meet took decisions as relate to compliance and particularly compliance by Yemen.

18. Closure of the Thirteenth Meeting of the States Parties

The meeting was closed by its President, H.E. Boudjemâa Delmi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations (Geneva).