Beirut, Brussels, Geneva 2 October 2019 –Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, in as Special Envoy of the international treaty that bans anti-personnel mines is set to meet the President of the Lebanese Republic on 4 October to promote the humanitarian aims of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (also known as Ottawa Convention).
Princess Astrid’s two-day visit to Lebanon includes a stop in Beirut where she will meet the President of the Lebanese Republic H.E. General Michel Aoun and the Minister of Defence, with a message to encourage the Lebanese leadership to take steps towards joining this important humanitarian disarmament instrument.
HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium at the Maputo Review Conference on a Mine Free World (2014)
Currently more than 80% of the world’s States have adhered to the Convention that prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines, mandates their destruction and calls on its members to provide assistance to mine survivors.
“States Parties to the Convention have recognised the need to promote this landmark instrument at the highest of levels as the common understanding amongst its 164 members is that there is no conceivable utility of these weapons that outweighs and justifies their devastating and long-term humanitarian and societal cost,” said H.E. Hubert Cooreman, Ambassador of Belgium in Lebanon a key figure in the organisation of this visit. “This conviction led Belgium to enact national legislation banning the weapon since 1995.”
right: H.E. Hubert Cooreman, Ambassador of Belgium in Lebanon
For more information, contact the Convention's Implementation Support Unit, isu(at)apminebanconvention.org