Romania hosted a major regional landmines meeting - Bucharest, February 2 - 3, 2004

On February 2-3 Romania hosted the Reay Group Workshop: Progress in meeting the aims of the Ottawa Convention in South Eastern Europe (see the Chair's Summary). More than 20 countries met in Bucharest to discuss overcoming challenges associated in eliminating anti-personnel mines in South Eastern Europe. All States in South Eastern Europe are now members of the Ottawa Convention - the international treaty banning anti-personnel mines. These States now have 10 years to clear mined areas and 4 years to destroy existing stocks of the weapon.

The Reay Group, which was created by the European Union's Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, coordinates regional efforts to eliminate landmines in the region. Romanian Ambassador Sergiu Celac chairs the Group. The Reay Group Workshop will see States like Bosnia and Herzegovina - which is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world -provide updates on progress made in clearing landmines and an inventory of challenges that remain.

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