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

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Second Session of the Review Conference of the States
Parties 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
January 1996

The second session of the Review Conference was intended to bring together military and technical experts to seek agreement on the key substantive provisions of a revised Protocol II. In its statement to the second session of the Conference, the ICRC drew particular attention to the potentially dangerous ambiguity caused by the introduction of the word 'primarily' into the definition of an 'anti-personnel landmine'. The ICRC warned that this change was detrimental to the legal regime governing the use of antipersonnel landmines and declared that if a munition was designed so that it could be used both as an anti-personnel mine and for some other purpose, then it should be considered to be an anti-personnel mine for otherwise it might well escape all the restrictions introduced by the amended Protocol.


Statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross
Review Conference of the States Parties 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
Second Session, January 1996

Mr. President,

We earnestly hope that this renewed session of the Review Conference will find a way to resolve the deadlock of the Vienna session and we are confident that you, Mr. President, will make an important contribution to achieve this result.

Although this session of the Review Conference has frequently been referred to as a meeting on “technical issues”, the provisions under discussion during this

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