Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

No Excuse for Manufacturing Land Mines

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

No Excuse for Manufacturing Land Mines

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I read with interest the article "Land Mines Convention Reexamined in Geneva," May 18. It describes meetings to prepare for next year's UN conference on land mines, when governments will try to negotiate limits on the production, transfer, and use of these indiscriminate weapons that kill and maim more than 1,200 people each month.

At a hearing I held in the Senate on May 13, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which has been a leader in the effort to stop the slaughter of innocent people by land mines, called for a total ban on land mines. However, your article refers to an ICRC survey, which "states that a total ban is too encroaching. `It would breach the rights of freedom of enterprise, it would be difficult to monitor and enforce, and manufacturing would move from the controlled countries to mavericks and field factories.' "

This may have left your readers with the wrong impression. Those are quotes of some government and military officials. …

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