As Mozambique hosts the third Review Conference of the Ottawa Convention Banning Anti-Personnel Landmines this week, France reaffirms its commitment to eliminating these weapons.
France is very attached to the universalization of the convention and welcomes the announcement of the decision by the Sultanate of Oman to join the convention; Oman will soon become the 162nd state party.
On the sidelines of the conference, and in collaboration with Benin and Japan, France will host an event aimed at promoting the action of the Mine Clearance and Decontamination Training Center in Ouidah (Benin). We are involved in funding this center which has trained more than 1,300 mine-clearing experts from 28 African countries.
France provides significant funding every year for mine clearance training in order to strengthen the technical capabilities of the states affected and help develop autonomous national expertise. It also subsidizes, through the French Development Agency, NGO programs aimed in particular at providing assistance to victims and supporting their social reintegration.