forcing them to flee their homes eventually leading to de-population and preventing the return of civilians to their place of original residence. They again called upon the international community, particularly the members of international community in the position to do so, to provide the necessary assistance to landmine clearance operations as well as the rehabilitation of victims and their social and economic reintegration in the landmine affected countries. They further called for international assistance to ensure full access of affected countries to material equipment, technology and financial resources for mine clearance. They also called for increased humanitarian assistance for victims of landmine.
The Ministers of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction invited those States that have not yet done so to consider becoming parties to the Convention. They took note of the report of the Fifth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention held in Bangkok, Thailand from 15 - 19 September 2003.
The Ministers expressed concern about the explosive remnants of the Second World War, particularly in the form of landmines; which have caused human and material damage, and obstructed development plans in some Non-Aligned Countries. In this regard, they called on the States primarily responsible for laying these mines and leaving explosives outside their territories during the Second World War to cooperate with the affected countries and provide mine action support to affected countries, including information exchange, maps indicating the locations of mines and explosives, technical assistance for mine clearance, defrayal of the costs of clearance and compensation for any losses caused by mines-laid.
The Ministers of States Parties to the Convention on Prohibition or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW) and its Protocols encouraged States to become parties to it. They also took note of the outcome of the Third Meeting of States Parties to the CCW held from 27 – 28 November 2003 in Geneva, which resulted in the adoption of an additional Protocol on Explosive Remnants of War.
The Ministers reaffirmed the importance of the United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC) as the sole specialised, deliberative body within the United Nations multilateral disarmament machinery that allows for in-depth deliberations on specific disarmament issues, leading to the submission of concrete recommendations on those issues, and expressed their disappointment that consensus could not be reached on the agenda for the 2004 session of the UNDC and called upon delegations to display the necessary flexibility in order to achieve an early agreement on the agenda so as to allow for the 2005 session to take place.
The Ministers reiterated once again their support for the convening of the Fourth Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly devoted to Disarmament (SSOD-IV). They reiterated their deep concern over the lack of consensus on the deliberations held to consider the objectives and agenda of the SSOD-IV. They continued to call for further steps leading to the Convening of the SSOD-IV with the participation of all Member States of the United Nations to review and assess the implementation of SSOD-I, while reaffirming its principles and priorities. They emphasised the need to reconvene the open- ended working group with a view to building the consensus on the objectives and agenda