Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan recently spoke about the international landmine crisis at a talk in Geneva, where he urged all States Parties to the Ottawa Treaty to complete treaty obligations. Annan’s statement initiated a one-month countdown to the Third Review Conference of the Ottawa Treaty.
Over one hundred states will gather in the Mozambican capital Maputo in late June 2014, to assess progress made in addressing the problem of anti-personnel mines worldwide, and to discuss methods of bringing the problem to a close. Below is quoted text of some Annan’s key points:
“The goal of a world without landmines and explosive remnants of war appears achievable … But to realize this ideal, every one of us – donors, the general public and mine-affected countries – must focus our energies, and our imaginations, on the cause of mine clearance. As we approach the launch of the Third Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty, I urge all States to meet their major treaty obligations, and to complete the task of ridding the world of these most cruel and indiscriminate weapons of war.”
– Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan, Geneva, 23 May 2014