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

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Seminar on Anti-Personnel Landmines and Their
Humanitarian Implications
Budapest, Hungary
7 March 1997
Organized by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly
Migration, Refugees and Demography Committee
in collaboration with the ICRC

The break-up of the former Soviet Union and the subsequent bloody disintegration of the former Yugoslavia led to widespread and frequently indiscriminate use of landmines in Europe for the first time since the end of the Second World War. Concerned by the impact of landmines on the displaced, the Migration, Refugees and Demography Committee of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly convened a meeting with the ICRC to discuss the problem. The result of the meeting was a clear recommendation for the total prohibition of anti-personnel mines. A report containing that recommendation was forwarded to the Parliamentary Assembly for consideration.


ICRC News
20 March 1997

PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE: APPEAL
FOR A TOTAL BAN ON ANTI-PERSONNEL MINES

On 7 March the ICRC and the Council of Europe's Committee on Migration, Refugees and Demography held a joint seminar in Budapest on anti-personnel landmines, an issue on which the Parliamentary Assembly and the ICRC have been cooperating closely. The seminar addressed an 11-point appeal to Member States of the Council of Europe, urging them to take an active part in the effort to achieve a comprehensive ban on anti-personnel mines and to sign an international treaty to that effect at the Ottawa Conference scheduled for December 1997. The Committee also called for increased contributions to rehabilitation

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