Recovered mines being prepared for burning
UXO Burning
UXOs being prepared for burning
Recovered mines being prepared for burning

Stockpile Destruction

Article 4 of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) requires that signatories undertake to destroy or ensure the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines it owns or possesses, or that are under its jurisdiction or control, as soon as possible but not later than four years after the entry into force of the mine ban treaty for that State Party.

Stockpiled anti-personnel mines will rarely pose an immediate risk to human life, but they do provide the capability for the deployment of new minefields. The removal of this capability is therefore an important factor for the continuing success of the APMBC, and the reduction of the potential risk posed by landmines world-wide.

Although Sri Lanka is not yet a State Party to the APMBC it doesn’t mean that the country cannot commence with the destruction of any stockpiled anti-personnel mines in its possession in preparation of signing the mine ban treaty.

As and when the GoSL decides on the destruction of any anti-personnel mine stockpiles the NMAC will assist in the planning, coordination and control thereof to ensure the effective reporting thereof to the other State Parties when required.

(From the National Strategy for Mine Action in Sri Lanka, Article 8.9)