The 2nd review conference of the Mine Ban
Treaty MBT, Cartagena (Colombia), 29th Nov. –
4th Dec. 2009:
This conference has been within the participation of 122
countries and NGOs (Sudan is one of them).
The opening sessions has been addressed by the Colombian
president, H.E. Suzan Eiki selected as a conference
chairperson, her deputies and the conference board have
been also selected.
The conference discussed many issues as the MBT
implementation situation during 2004 – 2009 (since 1st
review conference), victim assistance, generalization of
MBT– the engaged countries now are 156 (80% of world
international cooperation and assistance, mines
clearance, stockpile destruction.
is worth mentioning that some necessary countries are
still out of the MBT as Russia, China, USA “despite of
its first participation”, Egypt, India, Israel and Saudi
The victim assistance pillar has found the most
concentration. Regarding the mines clearance four
countries (Argentina, Cambodia, Tajikistan and Uganda)
have requested to extend its allowed period (10 years
since MBT entry into force). On other hand, four other
countries declared its completion of mines clearance
(Albania, Rwanda, Zambia and Greece). Three countries
couldn’t fulfill its commitment regarding stockpile
destruction during the determined period (4 years after
MBT entry into force), that countries are Turkey,
Belorussia and Greece and Ocarina.
was agreed to hold the 10th meeting in Geneva, Nov. 2010
and the steering committees meeting also in Geneva, Jul.
Sudan has participated through a written comment
presented by Dr. Ahmed Albadawi. Also Dr. Abdelbagi
Aljaielani – Minister of the Humanitarian Affairs –
delivered Sudan statement. Sudan delegation held series
of meetings with, UNMAS, Canadian Switzerland, Kuwait
delegations, ICBL and CMC.
Conference outcomes for follow-up:
Cartagena 5 years plan. Furthermore, the Cartagena
declaration has been adopted and each country should
formulate its plan accordingly.
Sudan main commitment toward MBT is the completion
of mines clearance up to Apr. 2014.
To prepare Victim Assistance 5 years plan.