This international treaty was created with the view toward ending the suffering and death caused by anti-personnel landmines
"that kill or maim hundreds of people each week, mostly innocent and defenseless civilians and especially children; obstruct economic development and reconstruction; inhibit the repatriation of refugees and internally displaced persons; and have other severe consequences for years after emplacement.
The availability and placement of only a few anti-personnel landmines
on the platoon's perimeter would increase every man's personal security, raise his comfort level significantly, and enhance his chance of survival.
The convention comes into force on March 1 and requires all countries holding anti-personnel landmines
to destroy the weapons within four years.
5 million for track two of the APL-A program, which involves the development of a "self-healing minefield" consisting of a network of mobile anti-tank mines that can re-deploy when a barrier is breached, eliminating the need for anti-personnel landmines
to repel breaching attempts.
The initiative to develop an alternative to anti-personnel landmines
is in response to a directive issued by President Clinton in September 1997 calling for an end to the use of anti-personnel landmines
outside of Korea by 2003 and in Korea by 2006.
These humanitarian obligations aim at eliminating the existing problem of anti-personnel landmines
in affected communities.
We want a comprehensive ban on the use, stockpiling and production of all anti-personnel landmines
to build and demonstrate a tactical munition system that can serve as an alternative to anti-personnel landmines
A Kensington Palace statement said: "The princess was quoted as being critical of the previous government's policy towards the banning of anti-personnel landmines
to develop proposals for the development and production of alternatives to anti-personnel landmines
In one speech Diana, who has also visited landmine victims in Angola, said: "The world is too little aware of the waste of life, limb and land which anti-personnel landmines
are causing among some of the poorest people on earth.
To begin with, there already are some provisions in international law to declare some weapons as illegitimate by definition and thus not to be acquired by any state - chemical and biological weapons are a case in point; the current Canadian-led "Ottawa process" to outlaw anti-personnel landmines
and add them to the list of certain conventional weapons that are unlawful in all circumstances is another case; and the acquisition of nuclear weapons is explicitly prohibited for all states party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, except for the five traditional nuclear weapons states, and the 1996 ruling of the World Court raises doubts about the legality of any nuclear weapons.