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
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
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
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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