The Banning of Anti-Personnel Landmines: The Legal Contribution of the International Committee of the Red Cross

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United Nations General Assembly, 1994
(Forty-Ninth Session)

In its Statement on the 1980 Convention before the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, the ICRC welcomed the growing support for a total ban on anti-personnel mines and called upon States to consider adopting vigorous measures to tackle the landmines crisis. As a minimum, the ICRC called for self-destructing mechanisms to be fitted to all anti-personnel mines.


Statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross
to the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly

Forty-Ninth Session
24 October 1994

1. The challenge facing the Review Conference of the 1980 Convention

Mr. Chairman,

Thanks to the initiative of the government of France, we are now in the process of discussing possible amendments to the 1980 Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (Certain Conventional Weapons Convention or CCW).

The ICRC would like to express its gratitude for being able to take an active role in these discussions and for having been asked to prepare two preparatory documents for the Group of Government Experts, one on the subject of landmines and the second on other issues relevant to the review of the 1980 Convention.

The challenge that is facing the Conference is that of agreeing on amendments that will transform the Convention into a dynamic instrument. This Conference

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