Sri Lanka urged to become advocate for anti-personnel mine ban

The Special Envoy of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention, Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, today expressed hope that Sri Lanka would become a strong advocate for the Convention.

Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein expressed this hope when he met Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana at the Foreign Ministry today.

“Special Envoy on the @MineBanTreaty Prince Mired Raad Al-Hussein (@miredraad) called on Foreign Minister Marapana this morning. Congratulating #SriLanka for acceding to the Convention, he expressed hope that #SriLanka would become a strong advocate for the Convention,” the Foreign Ministry tweeted.

At the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Special Envoy of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention, Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan is in Sri Lanka on an official visit from 5 – 7 March 2018.

The visit is of particular significance since Sri Lanka acceded to the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention on 13 December 2017 becoming its 163rd State Party, the Foreign Ministry said.

The ‘Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction’, typically referred to as the ‘Ottawa Convention’ or ‘Mine Ban Treaty’, seeks to end the use of anti-personnel landmines (APLs) worldwide. It was opened for signature on December 3, 1997, and it entered into force on March 1, 1999. Currently the convention has 164 state parties. (Colombo Gazette)

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