BANGKOK, Sept. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- China has attached great attention to
landmine-related humanitarian concerns and always supports world efforts on the
issue, a Chinese official said here on Friday.
Although not a party to the landmine-ban Ottawa Convention, China "endorses
and shares its objective, that is, to take all effective measures to eliminate
the humanitarian concerns caused by anti-personnel landmines and protect the
safety of civilians," said Fu Cong, deputy director-general of the Arms Control
and Disarmament Department of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He stressed that the clearance of planted mines was as important as banning
and restricting the use of landmines, for it eliminated the existing threats to
civilians around the world.
China, which had cleared almost all landmines on its territory, was now
actively taking part in international demining assistance programs, Fu said at
the Fifth Meeting of the State Parties of the Ottawa Convention.
In 2002 and 2003, China sent two groups of demining experts to Eritrea for
on-site training on demining and donated mine-clearance equipment to the
country, he said.
In 2001, China donated detection and clearance equipment worth of 1.26
million US dollars to affected countries including Angola,Cambodia, Ethiopia,
China in 1998 acceded to the amended Landmine Protocol of the Convention of
Certain Conventional Weapons, which struck the right balance between the
humanitarian concerns and sovereign states' need for self defense, according to
It's the third time that China took part in the landmine-ban meeting as an
observer. The Fifth Meeting of the State Parties of the Ottawa Convention was
held here from Monday to Friday. Enditem