ISU Director’s visit to Peru

Under Article 3 of the CCM, Peru has an obligation to complete the destruction of all its stockpiled cluster munitions under its jurisdiction and control by 1 March 2021, eight years after the Convention entered into force for it. On 6 January 2020, Peru sent official communication to inform of its inability to complete the destruction process by this deadline and its intention to requesting for an extension.

Several factors have delayed Peru’s compliance with its obligations. In this regard, the Peruvian authorities invited the ISU Director, Ms. Sheila N. Mweemba, for an in-country visit to assess and provide guidance in the preparation of its deadline extension request. In accepting the invitation, the ISU Director participated in a Workshop in Lima, Peru, from 25 – 27 February 2020 to review and improve on the extension request workplan that accounts for the stockpile destruction work during the extension period. The Workshop was also attended by representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the Peruvian Air Force and implementing partners Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA).

While in Peru, the ISU Director also paid courtesy calls on the Vice Minister of Resources for Defense, Lieutenant General Javier Enrique Ramírez Guillén (pictured below), and Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Luis Enrique Chávez Basagoitia.