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Landmine ban meeting in Geneva ends on a good note

This is what a landmine looks like.  Something that the Yemeni government shouldn't be having first hand knowledge of.

This is what a landmine looks like. Something that the Yemeni government shouldn’t be having first hand knowledge of.

It’s a good day for the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) on closing day of the Intersessional Meeting of States Parties in Geneva. Today the mine ban community once more proved it can stand up and address new challenges on the road to a mine-free world. Following worrying reports earlier this week of the use of mines by Yemen government forces, the Yemen Ambassador to the UN addressed the meeting and committed the government to conducting a full investigation into the alleged use and taking all necessary actions to address the issue on the ground.

Today the Treaty’s President and twelve states, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Belgium, Canada (speaking for the second time), Colombia, Ecuador, Ireland, Jordan, Netherlands, Palau, Slovenia, and Switzerland spoke out to call on Yemen and other countries where there are questions over potential mine use, to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation and report to treaty members on the alleged use.

Austria, Canada, New Zealand, and Norway led the way be speaking out on this already on Monday, at the beginning of the meeting. It’s clear the eyes of many will be on Yemen to see what they do next.