The 2013 meetings of the Convention’s five Standing Committees took place 27-30 May in Geneva, with the participation of over 400 delegates representing approximately 100 States, ICRC and civil society.
The Intersessional Meeting provided a venue for updates from States Parties to the Convention which are in the process of fulfilling key obligations.
Some of the highlights from the meeting was the announcements by Bhutan and by Venezuela that they have completed their mine clearance ahead of their deadlines. Also importantly, Mozambique’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Henrique Banze, the future host and President Designate to the treaty’s Third Review Conference in 2014, adressed the delegates concerning the aims and ambitions for the Maputo-meeting, and welcomed State Parties to engage in the preparations.
Yemen met serious allegations of mine use by government forces, stemming from reports by ICBL and HRW. In response, Yemen held a statement where they reconfirmed their commitment to the treaty, promising a full investigation into the allegations and to take all necessary actions to address the issue on the ground.
In the side bar you can find the statements made by Norway during the Meeting.