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Anti-personnel mines: regional initiative in Turkmenistan to discuss global ban

04-06-1997 News Release 97/21

The government of Turkmenistan is hosting a Central Asian Regional Conference on a Global Ban on Anti-Personnel Mines in the capital, Ashgabat, from 10-12 June 1997. Invitations have been extended to the other four Central Asian republics (Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), and also to Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Georgia, India, Iran, Pakistan, the Russian Federation and Turkey. The aims of the Conference are to increase regional awareness of the anti-personnel mine crisis; to promote dialogue on the issue among governments and organizations in Central and Southern Asia and the Caucasus; and to encourage participation in the international effort to negotiate a ban on anti-personnel mines. Presentations on various aspects of the mines issue will be given by representatives of Canada, Norway, the ICRC, the United Nations and selected non-governmental organizations affiliated to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.