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11 June 2018

Intersessional Meeting of the States Parties to the Ottawa Convention Held in Geneva

The Intersessional Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Antipersonnel Mines and on their Destruction (Ottawa Convention) took place in Geneva, from 7 to 8 June 2018. The Intersessional (semiannual) meeting of the States Parties to the Convention represents a permanent mechanism for reviewing and verifying the activities undertaken so far in the implementation of this Convention.

Intersessional Meeting of the States Parties to the Ottawa Convention Held in Geneva

Representatives of the Mine Action Center of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the UN in Geneva, introduced the participants to the activities of the Mine Action Center of the Republic of Serbia, the mine situation on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, with a special emphasis on demining in the south of Serbia and the extension request for fulfilling obligations under Article 5 of the Convention, which the Republic of Serbia submitted in March this year, given that the deadline expiring in March 2019 will not be possible for Serbia to meet, primarily due to lack of financial resources for implementation of our demining projects.

On the margins of the Intersessional meeting of the Convention, at the event held within the so-called "Individualized" approach to countries that have not fulfilled the obligations under Article 5 of the Convention, representatives of the Republic of Serbia, in the form of an appropriate presentation, demonstrated to potential donors, experts and other stakeholders that could help Republic Serbia in solving the remaining problems related to anti-personnel mines, the challenges and difficulties the Republic of Serbia is facing and asked for an appropriate support.

28 February 2018

Meeting with the representative of the ISU to the Ottawa Convention

Representatives of the Mine Action Centre of the Republic of Serbia accompanied by the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sector for Security Policy, Mr Miloš Purković, met with Mr Gregory Cathcart from the Implementation Support Unit of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (Ottawa Convention).

Meeting with the representative of the ISU to the Ottawa Convention

Given that the Republic of Serbia will not be able to fulfill its obligations within their deadline, which is 1 March 2019, the extension request will be submitted.

The meeting was held within the preparation of the Republic of Serbia for submitting a second extension request.

The participants discussed the previous achievements, the reasons why the commitments were not fulfilled, as well as the plans for resolving the remaining mine problem in the following period.

29 January 2018

Visit of the CROMAC delegation

On January 29, 2018, the representatives of the Mine Action Center of the Republic of Serbia met with the delegation of the Croatian Mine Action Center (CROMAC) consisting of Mr. Zdravko Modrušan, Director of the CROMAC, Mrs. Djurdja Adlešič, President of the CROMAC Board of Directors, as well as representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Belgrade, HE. Ambassador Мr. Gordan Bakota and Mr. Stjepan Glas, Minister Plenipotentiary.

At the meeting the participants exchanged previous experience of the two countries in the field of mine action and humanitarian demining and expressed the need and willingness for deepening the joint cooperation in this area, primarily through the implementation of potential cross-border cooperation projects financed from EU funds.

26 January 2018

Visit of ITF Representatives

On January 26, 2018, Acting Director of the Mine Action Centre of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Jovica Simonović, met with the representatives of ITF Enhancing Human Security, Mr. Tomaž Lovrenčič, Director and Mr. Gregor Sančanin, Head of ITF Representative Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Poseta predstavnika ITF-a

Left to right: Tomaž Lovrenčič, Jovica Simonović, Gregor Sančanin

The participants analysed the results of previous cooperation, discussed the current situation regarding cluster munitions, mines, air bombs and other unexploded ordnance that are still in the territory of Serbia, as well as the needs and priorities of Serbia in the field of humanitarian demining in the following period.

In the forthcoming period, as was the case in the previous period, the Serbian MAC will develop and submit to ITF projects for humanitarian demining and other mine action activities in order for ITF to secure donations and implement tender procedures for selection of contractors.