On 4 April, the Government of Slovenia hosted an exhibition by the International Trust Fund (ITF) at NATO HQ to mark the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
04. April 2012
In recognition of the Agency's significant contributions to Humanitarian Mine Action, Mr. Dorijan Maršič, Director of ITF, presented the NAMSA General Manager, Mr. Antonios Chatzidakis, with an Appreciation Award.
Ambassador Andrej Benedejčič, Permanent Representative of Slovenia on the North Atlantic Council and the Chairman of the ITF Managing Board stated during the event, "Not all the Allied and Partner nations are signatories to the Ottawa Convention, but they are all actively engaged in efforts both to remove and to eliminate anti-personnel landmines. In this they are often assisted by NATO's Maintenance and Supply Agency in the role of the executing agent."
NAMSA's role as an Executing Agent in Partnership for Peace Trust Fund activities started in 2001 with the first project implemented to destroy stockpiled anti-personnel landmines in Albania. Since that time, NAMSA has engaged in multiple projects supporting humanitarian mine action within NATO partner nations, including Albania (now a NATO nation), Belarus, Moldova, Montenegro, and Serbia. The Agency also continues to assist Ukraine in its anti-personnel mine stockpile destruction planning. Over this period, NAMSA-managed Trust Fund Projects have overseen the destruction of 4,199,889 anti-personnel landmines.
Several NATO nations, such as The Netherlands and Turkey, also have benefited from NAMSA services to support their commitments under the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (Mine Ban Treaty).
The Agency continues to act as Executing Agent on a variety of humanitarian-based Trust Fund projects supporting national commitments related to the Mine Ban Treaty, Protocol V of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in All Its Aspects.
Left to right:
Ambassador Andrej Benedejčič, Permanent Representative of Slovenia on the North Atlantic Council and the Chairman of the ITF Managing Board,
Mr. Antonios Chatzidakis, NAMSA General Manager,
Mr. Dorijan Maršič, Director of ITF
and NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović