Mine Ban Treaty discussed during intersessional meeting

The Mine Ban Treaty Intersessional Standing Committee Meetings took place in the first week of June and discussed various topics, including disturbing news of land mine use in Yemen.

The meeting was run by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which is a global network of 100 countries that work together in order to have a world free of antipersonnel landmines. The ICBL was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for its efforts in bringing around the Mine Ban Treaty. Its work now focuses on making the treaty a reality.

The reports of Yemen using antipersonnel landmines was a shocking development, and is a serious violation of the Mine Ban Treaty. Yemen responded by reconfirming its commitment to the treaty and promising a full investigation into the matter.

Besides the recent developments in Yemen, the conference also discussed other topics like the announcements by Bhutan and Venezuela that they have completed mine clearance and a presentation by Mozambique on its clearance efforts.

The ISC meetings are the center for the Intersessional Work Programme, which was established in 1999. The ISC meetings are an opportunity for member states of the ICBL to report on recent progress they have made towards making the MBT a reality.