Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Standing Committees of the Ottawa Convention (Geneva, May 27 - 31, 2002)

Current Status of Implementation of the Ottawa Convention by Romania

On April 18, 2002, Romania submitted its Annual Report 2002 in compliance with the provisions of Article 7 of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and Their Destruction, known also as the Ottawa Convention.

The Report covers the period of time between October 2, 2001 and April 8, 2002. The aggregate number of the Romanian Anti - Personnel Mines (APLs) in stockpile remaining at the end of the reporting period was of 918,920 mines, all of them owned by the Ministry of Defense. 

Stockpile destruction activity in Romania is currently continuing and the conclusion of the destruction process is planned for March 2004, more than one year ahead of the deadline provided by the Convention (May 2005).

Initial aggregate number of APLs in Romania was of 1,076,839 mines, of which 1,049.394 mines in the stock of Ministry of Defense and 27, 445 mines in the stock of Ministry of Interior. There are no mine fields on the territory of Romania and there are no PF/PFM type APLs in the Romanian stockpile. 

The stockpile of the Ministry of Interior resulted from the transfer of subordination of the Border Troops HQ from the Ministry of Defense operated in 1992. Destruction of the whole stock of APLs of the Ministry of Interior was completed on August 28, 2001, employing explosive methods. The Ministry of Defense officially started the stockpile destruction activities on August 31, 2001.

Romania is State Party to the Ottawa Convention since May 2001 and currently is serving as co-raporteur together with Switzerland to the inter-sessional Standing Committee for Stockpile Destruction. From September 2002 to September 2003, Romania and Switzerland will co-chair the Standing Committee for Stockpile Destruction.

The Second Inter-sessional Meeting 2002 of the Standing Committees of the Ottawa Convetion will be held in Geneva, from May 27 to 31, 2002. 

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