Today the Republic of Belarus announced that it has completed the destruction of its stockpiled antipersonnel mines. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines congratulates the government of Belarus.
As a State Party to the Mine Ban Treaty, Belarus had failed to meet its deadline of 1 March 2008 to destroy its stockpiled landmines, making the completion long overdue. As a result, the country had been in violation of the Article 4 of the Mine Ban Treaty for nearly a decade.
On 5 April 2017 the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Belarus in a statement published online, declared that the country ‘has fully fulfilled its international obligations under the Ottawa Convention” by completing the destruction of “3.4 million antipersonnel mines PFM-1 with the support of the European Union”. 
According to the Landmine Monitor, Belarus had stockpiled a total of approximately 4.5 million antipersonnel landmines. It completed the destruction of non-PFM types landmines …