The meeting sought to promote dialogue on perspectives, opportunities, and challenges relating to the regulation of the private military and security industry and the implementation of the rules and good practices of the Montreux Document on pertinent international legal obligations for states related to operations of private military and security companies during armed conflict.
The meeting was chaired by Switzerland (represented by Ambassador Jürg Lindenmann, Deputy Director of the Directorate of International Law at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (represented by Dr. Helen Durham, Director of International Law and Policy) as co-Chairs of the MDF.
The third plenary meeting of the MDF was divided into three sessions. The first and second sessions were open to all States, international organisations and invited representatives from civil society. The third session was only open to Montreux Document participants.
The MDF enables participants to exchange perspectives on the good practices and challenges they face in the implementation of their obligations relating to the activities of PMSCs.