to the Conference on Disarmament
2004 Reay Group Workshop on
in meeting the aims of the Ottawa Convention in
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great honor for me to participate in this important workshop and to be given the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Government of Japan. I would like to express my immense gratitude to the Chairman of the Reay Group and the Romanian government for their warm hospitality. I would also like to thank the GICHD which has helped make this workshop possible.
At the Fifth Meeting of the States Parties
to the Mine Ban Convention in
This workshop is a timely opportunity for
me to learn about the landmine situation in the South Eastern European region
prior to the Meeting of Standing Committees to be convened from 9th
The number of States Parties to the Mine
Ban Convention has been steadily increasing, and has now reached in excess of
140. From a regional perspective, most South Eastern European countries have
acceded to the Convention, however efforts towards universalization, particularly in the Asia Pacific Region,
must be continued.
As a country devoted to self-defence,
(Cooperation and Assistance)
For the success of the First Review Conference and in order to realize an effective and universal ban on anti-personnel mines, it is essential that every State Party promote the universalization of the Convention, putting the spirit of the Convention into practice.
a conviction, the Japanese Government is working
together with civil society to achieve the objectives of the ” Zero Victims initiative”.
Out of this 10 billionYen, Japan has pledged, in particular, around 8 billion 944 thousand US dollars to mine clearance, mine risk education and mine action technologies in the aforementioned South East European countries through international organizations such as UNICEF, UNMAS and UNHCR, governmental agencies, and NGO’s such as Handicap International and the Association to Aid Refugees. Moreover, I am pleased to note that Japan’s total contribution to the Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action as of July 2003 was almost 23.3 million US dollars, which was the biggest among donors.
NGO’s have made a great contribution to a
range of mine action activities.
(Completion of obligations under the Convention)
As we draw closer to the First Review Conference scheduled for November this year, I sincerely hope that States use this time effectively and take every opportunity to resolve landmine issues. The 11th February Meeting of Standing Committees will provide an invaluable forum for donor and affected countries to share data on their status of mine clearance and mine risk education, and to consider ways and means to facilitate the implementation of such mine actions. I, as Co-Chair of the Standing Committee, would also like to invite all interested representatives to make contributions to the discussions at the Standing Committee.
This Workshop’s task is to review the status of implementation of obligations under the Convention in the South Eastern European region. I am convinced that, given the excellent organization of the Workshop, it will indeed be successful in fulfilling this task.