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Republic of Guinea: OIC supports elimination of anti-personnel landmines

13-12-1995 News Release 50

The 23rd Foreign Ministers'meeting of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), held in Conakry, unanimously adopted on 12 December 1995 a resolution calling for the elimination of anti-personnel landmines and for mine clearance. The resolution urges the 52 OIC member States (encompassing 935 million people in Africa, Asia and Europe) to support efforts to adopt effective measures that would end the indiscriminate use of anti-personnel mines and eliminate them altogether. It also asks the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to ensure that firm measures are adopted when the Review Conference of the 1980 United Nations Weapons Convention reconvenes in Geneva in 1996. The OIC decided in addition to put the subject of mines on the agenda of its future meetings. The resolution was sponsored both by the Republic of Guinea and by Algeria, and was endorsed by many other States.