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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka acceded to the Convention on 13 December 2017. The Convention will enter into force for Sri Lanka on 1 June 2018. 

Obligations under the Convention

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. In its initial transparency report Sri Lanka reported having retained 21,153 anti-personnel mines for these purposes.

In its initial transparency report submitted on 28 November 2018, Sri Lanka reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession.  On 30 September 2021 Sri Lanka reported it had fulfilled its obligation. In total Sri Lanka reported having destroyed 12,000 landmines.

In its initial transparency report, Sri Lanka reported areas under its jurisdiction or control in which anti-personnel mines were known or suspected to be emplaced. In accordance with Article 5 of the Convention, Sri Lanka undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 June 2028.

Sri Lanka is one of the States Parties that has indicated having significant numbers – hundreds or thousands – of landmine survivors. Sri Lanka is also a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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