Cyprus completes program for destruction of anti-personnel mines
Nicosia, July 3 - The Republic of Cyprus has completed the program for the destruction of stored anti-personnel mines, and has thus fulfilled its obligations deriving from the Ottawa Convention. It was in January 2003 that the government had passed into law the Ottawa Convention on the Prohibition of Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction. Ever since, a national plan on the destruction of all stored mines has been in force.
The program was completed on 1 July 2007 with the destruction of all stored anti-personnel mines in the possession of the Republic of Cyprus. To mark this occasion, a special ceremony will be held on July 10, at the National Guard shooting range near the village of Tseri under the auspices of Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. George Lillikas, Minister of Defence Mr. Christodoulos Pashiardis and National Guard Chief Lieutenant General Nicolaos Bisbikas.
Mr. Alexandros Zenon, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the completion of the program indicates the political will of the government for peace and conciliation in Cyprus, as well as its commitment to fulfill its obligations.