Motion ref. S5M-23330
Falkland Islands Cleared of all Landmines
Submitted by: Jamie Greene, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Michelle Ballantyne, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Peter Chapman, Bruce Crawford, Murdo Fraser, Kenneth Gibson, Iain Gray, Alison Harris, Liam Kerr, Bill Kidd, Gordon Lindhurst, Richard Lyle, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Margaret Mitchell, John Scott, Colin Smyth, Alexander Stewart, David Torrance, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle
That the Parliament welcomes the news that the Falkland Islands have been cleared of almost all landmines, 38 years following the conclusion of the 1982 conflict; pays tribute to the specialist team, many from Zimbabwe, which has removed tens of thousands of mines and bombs since 2009 as part of a £36 million UK-funded programme that will set further demining efforts taking place in Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Myanmar, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zimbabwe; understands that the islanders will mark the moment of the ceremonial detonation of the final landmine with games of football and cricket on reopened beaches and be declared mine-free on 14 November 2020, and notes that by upholding the anti-personnel mine ban convention, to which the UK is a signatory, states are obliged to destroy both stockpiled and emplaced anti-personnel mines and commends the hard work and perseverance of those tasked with the dangerous and difficult task of demining the world over.