The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka deposited the Instrument of Accession to the Convention of the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (Ottawa Treaty) at the Treaty Section of the United Nations in New York.
At an event to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Ottawa Convention entitled ‘A World Free of Landmines’ convened jointly by Permanent Missions of Belgium, Canada and Colombia at the United Nations today, Permanent Representative, Dr. Rohan Perera made a brief intervention welcoming the initiative taken by the Missions concerned and for the contribution made by these countries in making the Ottawa treaty a reality.
He also took the opportunity to announce that Sri Lanka had formally transmitted the instrument of accession to the treaty, which was warmly received by those present.
He further noted the fact that even before becoming a party to the treaty, Sri Lanka has supported the humanitarian objectives of the treaty and had hosted regional events on advancing its humanitarian objectives. He further thanked the ICRC and other international partners for the assistance received in mine clearance.
This event comprised of a panel discussion which included among others, Mr. Lloyd Axworthy, Former Foreign Minister of Canada who was an architect of the Ottawa Treaty and Dr. Philip Spoerri, Head of International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation to the UN.
Commonly known as the Ottawa Treaty, this Convention was concluded by the Diplomatic Conference on an International Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Land Mines at Oslo, Norway on 18th September 1997. There are currently 163 State Parties to the Treaty