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Yemen: Seminar declares support for Ottawa treaty

13-11-1997 News Release 97/45

A seminar on anti-personnel mines held in Sana'a, Yemen on 3 and 4 November began with an announcement by the Yemeni government that it would sign the Ottawa treaty. It ended with an appeal to all other countries to do the same. Some 50 participants from governments and international and non-governmental organizations adopted the seminar's declaration, which also calls on the international community to increase funding for mine clearance and assistance to mine victims.

The seminar, the first of its kind in the region, was organized by Sweden's Save the Children ( Rädda Barnen ) in conjunction with the Yemen Mines Awareness Committee and the United Nations office in Yemen. It was hosted by the Yemeni government.

Representatives of the Sudanese and Yemeni Red Crescent Societies and the ICRC took part in the seminar, which was attended by government representatives from more than a dozen countries in the region.