In this context, another issue that the Symposium addressed was that of collection
of information on the trade in anti-personnel mines. With a view to having
States introduce the subject of mines in the Conference on Disarmament, it was
felt that public access to information contained in the United Nations Register of
Conventional Arms would be helpful, but it was pointed out that this information,
submitted by governments, was available to governments only. However, it
was possible that governments might eventually agree to make this information
available to the public. Non-governmental organizations were a valuable source
of information, but governments were unlikely to supply data for a voluntary
register. It was also stressed that non-governmental organizations could not
obtain information on a country-by-country basis, as the task would be overwhelming,
but that some of them could serve as a clearing-house for information
from all sources.
V. Information to the publicThe Symposium also recognized the crucial importance of alerting public
opinion in order to increase awareness among the military and governments.
This would be an invaluable contribution towards a much-needed change in the
law. The need for increased involvement of National Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies and their Federation, as well as United Nations agencies such as
UNHCR and UNICEF, was stressed. There was also a constant need to keep the
press informed about statistics on injuries caused by mines.
ANNEX II One of the recommendations of the April 1993 Symposium was the convening of
a meeting of military experts in order to study the military use of anti-personnel
mines and possible alternatives.The ICRC hosted a Symposium for this purpose on 10–12 January 1994. The
topics covered were as follows:The military utility of anti-personnel mines:
SYMPOSIUM OF MILITARY EXPERTS ON THE MILITARY UTILITY OF
|—their use across the spectrum of conflict|
|—their military and cost effectiveness|
|—their means of delivery|
|—the military implications of marking/recording minefields.|
|—what alternative systems exist|
|—whether they meet military requirements|
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Book title: The Banning of Anti-Personnel Landmines: The Legal Contribution of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Contributors: Louis Maresca - Editor, Stuart Maslen - Editor.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press.
Place of publication: Cambridge, England.
Publication year: 2000.
Page number: 310.
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