ICRC Media Advisory
Treaty Signing Conference and Mine Action Forum Ottawa, Canada, 2 to 4 December 1997
Representatives of some 120 States will meet in Ottawa, Canada, to sign the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production, Transfer of Anti-personnel mines and on their Destruction. In addition, hundreds of non-governmental and international organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will be present. They will also develop an agenda for action on landmines, which will detail activities to be undertaken in support of the universal acceptance of the ban treaty and improvement of mine-clearance and victim-assistance activities.
Canadian Government Conference Centre
2 Rideau Street
Canada, K1N 8X5
For general enquiries, contact:
Landmines Conference Secretariat
tel. ++1 613 992 0999
fax ++1 613 992 0732
For media enquiries, contact:
405 350 Sparks
Ottawa, KIR 7S8
tel.++1 613 233 9191
fax ++ 1 613 233 5880
ICRC participation at the Conference
Cornelio Sommaruga, President of the ICRC, will be addressing the opening ceremony of the conference. Other ICRC representatives will be giving presentations at the Mine Action Forum on the following issues:
*development of international humanitarian law
*ratification and national implementation
*victim assistance (medical treatment and community-based rehabilitation)
*mine awareness (perspective from the field)
The ICRC will be represented at the conference by:
*Cornelio Sommaruga, President
*Peter Herby, Legal Adviser
*Stuart Maslen, Adviser
*Chris Giannou, Surgeon and Medical Adviser
*Laurence Desvignes, Mine-Awareness Coordinator, ICRC Sarajevo
*Ariane Sand-Trigo, Legal Adviser, ICRC New York
To arrange interviews or meetings with representatives of the ICRC and/or for more information on the ICRC and its campaign against anti-personnel landmines, please contact:
Mary-Anne Andersen or Catherine Mikton
ICRC office, Government Conference Centre
tel.++1 613 795 5501
tel.++1 613 850 1871
tel. ++1 613 998 3897
fax ++ 1 613 998 3755
Mines in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 4 December, 10.30 a.m.
Cornelio Sommaruga and Laurence Desvignes will present an overview of the mines problem in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the ICRC mine-awareness programme.
Venue: Canadian Red Cross tent, public area in front of Government Conference Centre,
2 Rideau Street, Ottawa.
The ICRC stand in the Government Conference Centre will be distributing press kits and documentation.
ICRC Mines unit, 27 November 1997