Sri Lanka will accede to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention, and hopefully the international community will support its ongoing landmine clearance program, a high-ranking diplomat said here on Wednesday.
Ravinatha Aryasinha, the ambassador of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, announced the news during a conference pledging landmine action conducted in Geneva on Wednesday.
“I am pleased to inform, that at a meeting of cabinet ministers held early this morning, it was approved that Sri Lanka accedes to the convention on the prohibition of the use, stockpile, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines and on their destruction,” the diplomat said.
The pledging conference was to provide states with a public forum to pledge their support for mine action.
“This is the time to appeal to all countries that have the financial, material or technical resources to assist mine-affected countries; and for mine-affected states to announce national commitments to their mine action and victim assistance programs for a mine-free world by 2025,” said ambassador Marta Mauras of Chile as treaty president.