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Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention Special Envoy Visits Laos

(KPL) The Special Envoy of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention, Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan has paid a two-day working visit to the Lao PDR (Oct 23-24).

His talks with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Minister of National Defence Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath, and other host officials focused on the promotion of landmine victim assistance and demining lessons exchange.

The host leaders noted that the visit by the Otawa Treaty’s Special Envoy constitutes a landmark reflecting sound relations and cooperation between Laos and international community especially the fulfilment of Laos’ obligation to international treaties.

The Special Envoy and his delegation also visited a demining project in Hadya, Pak Ou district, Luang Prabang Province.

The Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention, also known as Ottawa Convention was drafted and signed in 1997 and took effect two years later.

Since then 164 countries have signed and ratified the convention. Though the Lao PDR is yet to become a party to the convention, the country supports the humanitarian goals and objective of the convention.

The government of the Lao PDR has approved its national Sustainable Development Goal � SDG 18 Lives Safe From UXO to reduce the impacts of unexploded ordnance on the livelihoods of the Lao people and national development.

Source; Lao News Agency