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I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The Candidate Countries, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, align themselves with this statement.
The EU is united in its collective commitment to the goal of a world free of anti-personnel mines. All 28 EU Member States are State Parties to the Ottawa Convention and, today, all EU Member States co-sponsor the resolution of the General Assembly on assistance in mine action.
The EU and its Member States represent more than one third of the world’s financial assistance to mine action, thus making the EU and its Member States the leading donor in this area. But our effort alone is not enough. We believe that combined assistance by international actors can increase the impact of the different kinds of support. The international community needs to reinforce partnerships and collaboration between States, the UN and other relevant international organisations and institutions, the African Union and other regional organisations, the ICRC and relevant NGOs. Reinforced collaboration will help to support the efforts of the affected States in an effective and sustainable way.
Now I would like to turn to the resolution on Assistance in Mine Action, traditionally presented by the EU Member States and facilitated by Poland again this year. The European Union and its Member States are very grateful to the Mission of Poland, in particular Tomasz Tokarski, for the excellent facilitation, sometimes in difficult circumstances, of this resolution on behalf of the 28.
We highly value the resolution on Assistance in Mine Action and its role in reaffirming the normative framework for the humanitarian mine action activities carried out by the UN system. We are pleased that the humanitarian dimension of the resolution has been strengthened. In particular, with references to humanitarian access and the inclusion of mine action in humanitarian appeals and in the early stages of the humanitarian response. The resolution further addresses the concern for the impact of mines and explosive remnants of war on refugees and displaced persons; and it recognises that the contribution of mine action to the 2030 Agenda. Also, we welcome the streamlining of the resolution and the enhanced clarity in the terminology and the call to comply with international obligations related to mine action.
We thank delegations, particularly those co-sponsoring the resolution, for their constructive engagement on the draft resolution and look forward to its adoption by consensus.
* The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.