Venezuela ratified the Convention on 14 April 1999, and the Convention entered into force for Venezuela on 1 October 1999.

Stockpile Destruction (Article 4)

In its initial transparency report submitted on 31 August 2001, Venezuela reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession or under its jurisdiction or control.

In 2003, Venezuela reported that it had completed the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines.

In total, Venezuela reported having destroyed 47,189 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 2012, Venezuela has reported having retained 4,874 anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes.

Mine Clearance (Article 5)

In its initial transparency report, Venezuela 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, Venezuela undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 October 2009.

On 31 March 2009 Venezuela presented a request to extend its mine clearance dealine. The request was granted at the Eight Meeting of the States Parties in Jordan, and a new deadline set for 1 October 2014.

At the 2013 Meeting of the Standing Committee on Mine Clearance, Venezuela announced that it had completed mine clearance operations a year ahead of schedule and that it would be tabling a formal Declaration of Completion at the Thirteenth Meeting of the States Parties.

Article 5 Extension Request

Venezuela's Extension Request Received 31 March 2008 Spanish PDF 4.7MB

Venezuela's Extension Request Executive Summary
English PDF 28KB | Russian PDF 105KB
Spanish PDF 44KB

Venezuela's Extension Request Analysis English PDF 33KB

Venezuela's Extension Request Decision PDF 79KB

Article 7 transparency report submitted in 2012
Spanish PDF 1.7MB

Press Release | Venezuela free of landmines | English | Spanish | French

Photos (Flickr): A snapshot of Convention-related activities.