Mine Ban Policy

Last updated: 11 October 2012

The Republic of Lithuania signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 22 February 1999 and ratified it on 12 May 2003, becoming a State Party on 1 November 2003. Production and import/export of antipersonnel mines have not been licensed since 1990, and an export moratorium has been in place since 1998. Lithuania states that its law provides for the imposition of penal sanctions as required by the treaty. On 30 March 2012, Lithuania submitted its 10th Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report.

Lithuania completed destruction of its stockpile of 4,104 antipersonnel mines on 7 June 2004. Lithuania retained 1,488 mines for training purposes by the end of 2011.[1] However, as in previous years, Lithuania did not report the purpose of the mines retained for training.

Lithuania attended the Mine Ban Treaty intersessional Standing Committee meetings in May 2012. Previously, Lithuania served as co-rapporteur and later co-chair of the Standing Committee on Stockpile Destruction from 2006-2009. In November-December 2010, Lithuania attended the Tenth Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty in Geneva, but did not attend the Eleventh Meeting of States Parties the following year in Phnom Penh.

Lithuania is party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons and its Amended Protocol II on landmines and Protocol V on explosive remnants of war.

Lithuania is contaminated by unexploded ordnance from World War II but there are no known mined areas.


[1] Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Report, Form D, 30 March 2012.