Twentieth Meeting of the States Parties to the Ottawa Convention Held in Geneva, Switzerland
The Twentieth Meeting of the States Parties (20MSP) to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Antipersonnel Mines and on their Destruction took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 21 to 25 November 2022.
The Delegation of the Republic of Serbia, consisting of the representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva, Serbian Mine Action Centre, and the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs.
Within the Article 5 Implementation segment, our Delegation informed the participants of the activities of the Serbian Mine Action Centre, mine situation on the territory of the Republic of Serbia with a special emphasis on mine clearance in the south of Serbia, presenting the request for an extension of the deadline for fulfilling obligations under Article 5 of the Convention, which the Republic of Serbia submitted in March and August this year, given that the March 2023 deadline, Serbia is unable to meet, primarily due to the lack of funds for the implementation of our demining projects.
At this meeting, the Republic of Serbia was granted the request for an extension, until December 31, 2024.
On this note we would like to thank the donor for supporting the Republic of Serbia to complete clearance of the remaining mined area in order to protect its population, but also to increase global human security and fulfil the global goal - a mine free world by 2025.