Taiwan to work towards observer status at Mine Ban Treaty meeting

  • 18 March, 2014
  • Editor

The foreign ministry hopes to send five Taiwanese youth to attend Mines Action Canada, the Canadian ban on landmines program. Taiwan wants them to become observers at the third review meeting of the Mine Ban Treaty in Mozambique, Africa in June.

In June 2013, Taiwan cleared all landmines on the offshore island of Kinmen.

Foreign ministry official Ray Mou said on Tuesday that Taiwan wants to take part in related mine ban meetings.

“This is just the first step. By working with the Eden Social Welfare Foundation, we want to attend other international conferences, such as those on banning and clearing landmines," said Mou.

"We hope that we can have more communication and exchanges with [other NGOs].”

Due to political obstacles, Taiwan is not yet a party of the Mine Ban Treaty. China is also not a party to the treaty. Once a country signs the treaty, it agrees to prohibit all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of mines to create a mine-free world.


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