Treaty eliminating landmines: One of Canada’s greatest humanitarian contributions to global peace and security marks 20th Anniversary

December 3, 2017 7:45 PMComments Off on Treaty eliminating landmines: One of Canada’s greatest humanitarian contributions to global peace and security marks 20th AnniversaryViews: 11

Canada is committed to eliminating landmines globally as set out in the historic Ottawa Treaty to Ban Landmines; it was adopted 20 years ago in Ottawa, Canada, in December 1997.

High Commissioner David McKinnon in Sri Lanka Northern Province; he tweeted: “Near Jaffna met members of dedicated The HALO Trust team supported by Global Affairs Canada, clearing one of the world’s most heavily mined places. Such work means a terrible legacy of the conflict in Sri Lanka could be history by 2020” pic via: @ McKinnonDavid

High Commissioner David McKinnon in Sri Lanka Northern Province; he tweeted: “Near Jaffna met members of dedicated The HALO Trust team supported by Global Affairs Canada, clearing one of the world’s most heavily mined places. Such work means a terrible legacy of the conflict in Sri Lanka could be history by 2020” pic via: @ McKinnonDavid

Advocacy groups say “the Ottawa Treaty, which bans all anti-personnel mines, is one of Canada’s great humanitarian contributions to global peace and security” but warns “its vision of a landmine free world is under threat”, according to a report by Radio Canada International. The report further added that, “the problem is a global decline in funding, as stated in a news release from a coalition of anti-landmine advocacy groups”.

“The Ottawa Treaty or the Mine Ban Treaty, formally the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, bans completely all anti-personnel landmines (AP-mines) around the world. To date, there are 161 States Parties to the treaty and 36 United Nations states not party”, according to the Canadian Landmine Foundation.


The top Canadian diplomat stationed in Sri Lanka, High Commissioner David McKinnon visited Northern Sri Lanka on the eve of the Ottawa treaty anniversary. In a series of social media posts to mark this milestone, the High Commissioner of Canada in Sri Lanka said:

“20 yrs ago today Ottawa Treaty opened for signature. 162 states are now party to the ban on anti-personnel landmines. We hope Sri Lanka joins them very soon.”

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