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Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic: Stockholm: NGO seminar to promote mines ban

22-05-1997 News Release 97/19

Some 50 participants, including representatives of Red Cross Societies from Finland, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Ukraine, are expected in Stockholm on Friday, 23 May, for a three-day seminar on anti-personnel landmines. The event, which is being organized for countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic by the Swedish UN Association and two Swedish NGOs, aims to raise awareness and foster dialogue among governments and NGOs from the region. Government representatives are invited only for the first day of the seminar, which will hear presentations on various aspects of the mines problem, including progress towards an international anti-personnel landmine ban treaty following the Ottawa Conference of October 1996, from governments of Austria, Canada, Croatia, Germany and Sweden. The ICRC will give an account of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's work on the issue. The second and third days of the seminar are devoted to a series of strategy workshops for NGOs.