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STANDING COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS ON STATUS AND OPERATION OF THE OTTAWA CONVENTION

STATEMENT BY

H.E. Mrs. ANDA FILIP
AMBASSADOR
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF ROMANIA

GENEVA - 8 DECEMBER 2000 -

Mr. Co-Chairman,
Distinguished participants

At the outset, allow me to recall that on September 13,2000, in its intervention to the Second Conference of the States Parties to the Ottawa Convention, the delegation of Romania expressed the hope that it will be participating in the 2001 Conference as a State Party. And, indeed, we are pleased to announce that our hopes have been fulfilled.

By its Law no. 204 of November 15, 2000, Romania has adopted the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, also known as the Ottawa Convention, adopted in Oslo on September 18, 1997.

Romania has a long-standing contribution in combating the plague of anti-personnel mines: since 1990 it has not been producing and exporting this type of weapons and there are no minefields on its territory. In 1995, Romania unilaterally declared a moratorium on the exports of anti-personnel mines. Romania has participated with de-mining experts to the UN Missions in Angola and Bosnia-Herzegovina and expresses its availability to continue to bring its contribution to such missions.

On December 3, 1997, Romania signed the Ottawa Convention, along with other 136 States. In compliance with the internal national procedures, the Senate adopted the Ottawa Convention on September 5, 2000 and the Chamber of Deputies on October 24, 2000. The President of Romania promulgated the Law of Ratification on November 13, 2000.

On November 30, 2000 Romania deposited the instruments of ratification of the Ottawa Convention to the UN General Secretariat in New York and will become a full-fledged State Party starting from May 30, 2001.

This very moment marks an important step forward in terms of Romania's commitment to the scope of total ban of anti-personnel land. In the same time, it marks the initiation of new important stage, namely, the beginning of the internal preparations for implementation of the Convention. Work has already started for preparing the entry into force of the Convention, including on a draft strategy for implementation, establishment of a national body tasked to manage the process, planning of human and material resources, as well as for a draft program of implementation and preparation of the national reports to be submitted, in compliance with the relevant provisions of the instrument.

The finalisation of the ratification process and the preparations for the entry into force give Romania the opportunity for a broader dialogue and cooperation with the other States Parties to the Ottawa Convention, both at the political and technical levels, using the lessons and experience learned from their implementation processes.
In this framework, Romania is also interested to join those who are involved in the study and research in the field of alternative systems to land-mines, as well as in the training, maintenance and improvement of the professional skills of the personnel engaged in de-mining activities, especially from units ear-marked for peace-keeping operations.

Becoming State Party to the Ottawa Convention, Romania reconfirms its attachment to the goals and principles of the international community aimed at eliminating the plague of anti-personnel mines, joining the group of states devoted to this noble cause.

Thank you, Mr. Co-Chairman


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