Mauritania ratified the Convention on 21 July 2000, and the Convention entered into force for Mauritania on 1 January 2001.

Stockpile Destruction (Article 4)

In its initial transparency report submitted on 20 June 2001, Mauritania reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession or under its jurisdiction or control.

In 2004, Mauritania reported that it had completed the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines. In total, Mauritania reported having destroyed 26,053 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, Mauritania has reported having retained 728 anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes.

Mine Clearance (Article 5)

In its initial transparency reported, Mauritania 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, Mauritania undertakes to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 January 2011.

On 10 April 2010, Mauritania submitted a request to extend its deadline. The request was granted at the Tenth Meeting of the States Parties, and a new deadline set for 1 January 2016.

On 2 April 2015, Mauritania submitted a second request for an extended deadline. This request was granted at the Fourteenth Meeting of the States Parties and a new deadline set for 1 January 2021.

On 29 November 2018, at the Seventeenth Meeting of the States Parties in Geneva, Mauritania announced that it had fulfilled its obligation under Article 5 of the Convention. 

In its Article 7 report submitted on 23 June 2020, Mauritania reported the discovery of previously unknown mined areas. In accordance to Decisions taken by the Twelfth Meeting of the States Parties, Mauritania submitted, on that same date, a request for a new deadline to address these areas. The Eighteenth Meeting of the States Parties will take a decision on said request.

Extension Requests

2020 Extension Request

Mauritania's Extension Request Received June 2020

2015 Extension Request

Mauritania's Extension Request Received 2 April 2015 French PDF 947KB

Mauritania's Extension Request Executive Summary French PDF 163KB

Mauritania's Extension Request Analysis PDF 102KB

Mauritania's Extension Request Decision PDF 65KB

2010 Extension Request

Mauritania's Extension Request Received 10 April 2010 French PDF 506KB

Mauritania's Revised Extension Request Received 6 September 2010 French PDF 847KB

Mauritania's Extension Request Analysis PDF 111KB

Mauritania's Extension Request Decision PDF 13KB


Statement on Article 5 Implementation, November 2018

Update on Article 5 Implementation, June 2017 


Mauritania's 2019 Article 7 transparency report



Mr. Alioune Ould Menane, Coordinator of Mauritania’s Humanitarian Mine Clearance Programme for Development, announces in Geneva that Mauritania has fulfilled its Article 5 obligation.

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