The Lebanese Mine Action Center (LMAC) presents its 2011-2020 strategy to the mine action internationlal support group

15 Dec 2011

Lebanon - Today, more than twenty Ambassadors and senior representatives of donor countries participated in the meeting of the International Support Group (ISG) that the LMAC organized with the support of EC and UNDP.

At this meeting, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, Mrs. Angelina Eichhorst, UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Robert Watkins, and other representatives from the international community, welcomed the news that the Lebanese Mine Action Center finalized its 2011-2020 Mine Action Strategy.

Brigadier General Mohamad Fehmi, the director of the LMAC, stated that “the Lebanon Mine Action Centre developed this strategic plan to contribute to the achievement of Lebanon development objectives and to guide the implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions”. The strategy is the result of a consultative planning process that involved representatives of concerned Ministries and other stakeholders including civil society representatives. it was developed, and will be implemented, in a spirit of compliance with the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (Ottawa Treaty).

Ambassador Eichhorst stated that "The European Union welcomes the fact that Lebanon has signed and ratified the Oslo Convention on banning cluster munitions and very successfully hosted the Second Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions last September. We now all strongly encourage the Government of Lebanon to sign and ratify the Ottawa Convention on the Use, Stockpiling, Production of Anti-Personnel Landmines".

The European Union and the United Nations Development Programme reiterated at the meeting their support to the Lebanese Mine Action Center and other governmental and non-governmental organizations, with the aim of supporting the implementation of the 2011-2020 Mine Action Strategy.

Out of the 279,5 million square meters contaminated land in Lebanon, 55% was cleared. With respect to cluster munitions specifically, 67% of the contaminated land has already been cleared. Lebanon currently is the president of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, following the second meeting of states parties which was held in Beirut in September 2011.