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AG/RES. 1792 (XXXI-O/01): Support for Action Against Antipersonnel Mines in Peru and Ecuador


June 5, 2001

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(Resolution adopted at the third plenary session, held on June 5, 2001)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

HAVING SEEN:

The Annual Report of the Permanent Council (AG/doc.3970/01), in particular the section on the matters entrusted to the Committee on Hemispheric Security, and the Report of the Secretary General on the implementation of resolution AG/RES. 1751 (XXX-O/00), "Support for the Program of Integral Action against Antipersonnel Mines in Central America" (CP/doc.3432/01 rev. 1); and

The framework agreements for implementation of the Assistance Program for Integral Action against Antipersonnel Mines, signed by the Governments of Ecuador and Peru and by the General Secretariat as an expression of the firm and irrevocable will of both countries to rid their respective territories of antipersonnel mines;

RECALLING:

Resolutions AG/RES. 1411 (XXVI-O/96), AG/RES. 1496 (XXVII-O/97), and AG/RES. 1569 (XXVIII-O/98);

Resolution AG/RES. 1644 (XXIX-O/99), in which it urged member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) and permanent observers to provide assistance to the national mine-clearing programs carried out by Ecuador and Peru within their respective territories; and

Resolution AG/RES. 1745 (XXX-O/00), "Support for Action against Mines in Peru and Ecuador," which instructed the General Secretariat to continue, through the Unit for the Promotion of Democracy (UPD), to provide assistance and obtain contributions from countries and organizations to the specific fund for the mine-clearing programs and programs for integral action against antipersonnel mines carried out by Peru and Ecuador; and

ACKNOWLEDGING:

The mine-clearing operations carried out by the Governments of Peru and Ecuador in their respective areas of their shared border and the support offered by Canada, the United States, and others for the mine-clearing programs conducted in a number of areas in their territories during 2000;

The establishment, within the framework of the OAS and under the auspices of Canada, of a Specific Fund to Support Mine-Clearing in Peru and Ecuador, administered by the UPD, to provide support to the two countries for the execution of their national programs for integral action against antipersonnel mines; and

The political commitment expressed by the Governments of Ecuador and Peru when they requested support from the "Managua Challenge" Fund for the destruction of mine stockpiles, as part of the political commitments undertaken in the framework of the Ottawa Convention,

RESOLVES:

1. To congratulate the Governments of Ecuador and Peru on signing with the General Secretariat the agreements on the Assistance Program for Integral Action against Antipersonnel Mines within their countries.

2. To urge the General Secretariat to continue supporting the work begun by the Governments of Ecuador and Peru with a view to executing the activities included in the Assistance Program for Integral Action against Antipersonnel Mines in Ecuador and Peru.

3. To instruct the General Secretariat to continue, through the Unit for the Promotion of Democracy, to provide assistance and obtain voluntary contributions from member countries, permanent observers, and other organizations to the specific fund for the mine-clearing programs and programs for integral action against antipersonnel mines carried out by Peru and Ecuador in their respective territories, for the common purpose of making the Western Hemisphere an antipersonnel-land-mine-free zone.

4. To instruct the General Secretariat to report to the General Assembly at its thirty-second regular session on the implementation of this resolution.



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