Practice Relating to the Prohibition of Certain Types of Landmines
In 2001, Greece and Turkey made a joint statement in which they declared:
… They also recognize that a total ban on [anti-personnel] mines is an important confidence building measure that would contribute to security and stability in the region.
With these considerations in mind, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey … and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic … have emphasized the desirability of the adherence of all states to the Convention on Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, namely the Ottawa Convention. In this context, they have decided to concurrently start the procedures that will make both sides parties to the Ottawa Convention. For this purpose, while Greece initiates ratification process, Turkey will start accession procedures. It is also agreed that the instruments of ratification by Greece and accession by Turkey will be simultaneously deposited with the Secretary General of the United Nations in due course.