Cape Verde

Mine Ban Policy

Last updated: 18 December 2019


The Republic of Cape Verde signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 4 December 1997 and ratified it on 14 May 2001, becoming a State Party on 1 November 2001. Legislation to enforce the antipersonnel mine prohibition domestically has not been enacted.

Cape Verde has not attended a meeting of the treaty since the intersessional Standing Committee meetings in June 2011. Cape Verde did not attend the Third Review Conference in Maputo in June 2014. Cape Verde submitted its initial Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report on 31 March 2009, but has not submitted annual reports since.

Cape Verde is party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) and its Amended Protocol II on landmines, but not CCW Protocol V on explosive remnants of war. Cape Verde is party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Production, use, stockpile, and transfer

Cape Verde has never used, produced, or exported antipersonnel mines. As part of a NATO training operation, Latvian explosive ordnance disposal troops destroyed Cape Verde’s stockpile of 1,471 antipersonnel mines in June 2006. Cape Verde’s deadline for destruction of stockpiled antipersonnel mines was 1 November 2005. Cape Verde retained 120 mines for training purposes.[1] It has not subsequently reported on the status of these mines.

[1] Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Report (for the period 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2008), Form D.