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States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty must complete the destruction of antipersonnel mines in mined areas under their jurisdiction or control as soon as possible, but no later than 10 years after joining the treaty. While significant progress in the clearing of mined areas has been made over the last decade, the challenge for the international community remains to finish the job. Too many States Parties are missing their deadline and are asking for an extension.
We urge mine-affected states to develop mine action plans that are consistent with their obligation to destroy all mines in all mined areas. "Mine-safe" or "impact-free" is not enough! Funding for mine action must also continue until all mined areas are cleared.
While all mine-affected states must do their best to respect their 10-year clearance deadline, some of them will need to request an extension. Other States Parties must assess and decide on each request. This should be an opportunity to get as much information as possible on operational work plans to finish the task. Thirty States Parties have been granted deadline extensions so far. The ICBL prepares detailed comments on all extension requests.