But last Friday the Obama administration announced that the United States won't produce antipersonnel
land mines or acquire new ones to replace expiring mines in a U.
Yemen was among the first countries to sign the 1997 global treaty banning the using of antipersonnel
At that time, ICBL had termed the promise as "yet another sign of the growing acceptance of the norm which prohibits antipersonnel
mines because of their indiscriminate nature".
La delegation yemenite devra donner des explications au comite de la Convention interdisant les mines antipersonnel
, a indique ce comite dans un communique.
As for landmine production, only India, Myanmar, Pakistan and South Korea appeared to still be actively producing antipersonnel
mines, the report showed.
The international treaty is making a significant and lasting impact in ridding the world of antipersonnel
mines, weapons that are now widely acknowledged to be unacceptable relics of the past," said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch.
I also commend the 159 States that have agreed to be bound by the Antipersonnel
Mine Ban Convention, those that have joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions and Protocol V on explosive remnants of war, and the 110 that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The treaty comprehensively bans the use, production, and transfer of all antipersonnel
mines, requires destruction of stockpiles within four years and clearance of mined areas within ten years, and calls for assistance to landmine victims.
Up to 25 antipersonnel
and anti-vehicle mines and a rocket launcher were recovered.
He said: "This was an antipersonnel
bomb which was designed to kill people in the area.
Many fail to explode on impact, but remain dangerous, functioning like de facto antipersonnel
Should the stalemate continue, there are concerns that the relevance of the conference could be called into question and alternative multilateral processes could be utilized as was the case with conventions on antipersonnel
mines and cluster munitions.