GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The island nation of Tuvalu 13 September became the 157th nation to sign the Ottawa Convention, also known as the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.
It is the first new country to adhere to the convention since 2007, and its accession brings “near universal acceptance of this landmark treaty in the Pacific,” the Convention’s office in Geneva said in a statement Friday 22 September.
In the region, only the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Tonga are not part of the ban.
According to the statement issued in Geneva, Finland, Poland and South Sudan could also join the Convention that prohibits the use, production, stockpile, and transfer of antipersonnel landmines.
The Convention entered into force in 1999 and today 153 of the 157 nations that have ratified or acceded to it no longer have stocks of landmines.