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Cyprus signed the Convention on 4 December 1997, ratified it on 17 January 2003, with the Convention entering into force for Cyprus on 1 July 2003.

Obligations under the Convention

In its initial transparency report submitted in February 2004, Cyprus reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession.

Notwithstanding the obligation to destroy all stockpiled anti-personnel mines, the Convention permits the retention or the minimum number of anti-personnel mines absolutely necessary for the development of and training in mine detection, mine clearance, or mine destruction techniques.

As of 2020, Cyprus had reported having retained 435 anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes.

In its initial transparency report submitted in February 2004, Cyprus reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession.

In its transparency report submitted in 2008, Cyprus indicated that as of July 2007, it had completed the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines. 

In total, Cyprus reported having destroyed 48,916 mines.

In its initial transparency report, Cyprus reported areas under its jurisdiction or control in which anti-personnel mines are known or suspected to be emplaced.

In accordance with Article 5 of the Convention, Cyprus undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 July 2013.

On 30 April 2012, Cyprus submitted a request to extend its mine clearance deadline. The request was granted at the Twelfth Meeting of the States Parties and a new deadline set for 1 July 2016. 

On 27 March 2015, Cyprus submitted a second request for an extended mine clearance deadline. This request was granted at the Fourteenth Meeting of the States Parties and a new deadline set for 1 July 2019.

On 2 February 2018, Cyprus submitted a third request for an extended mine clearance deadline. This request was granted at the Seventeenth Meeting of the States Parties and a new deadline set for 1 July 2022.

On 9 February 2021, Cyprus submitted a fourth request to extend its mine clearance deadline. The request will be considered by the Nineteenth Meeting of the States Parties in November 2021.

Extension Request Process

Annually and no later than 30 April, each State Party is to update information covering the previous calendar year. The latest Article 7 reports for this State Party can be found on this page. 

Article 9 of the Convention states that “each State Party shall take all appropriate legal, administrative and other measures, including the imposition of penal sanctions, to prevent and suppress any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Convention undertaken by persons or on territory under its jurisdiction or control.”

Cyprus has reported having established national implementation measures or that it considers existing legislation to be sufficient.