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

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The call of the ICRC for a global ban on
anti-personnel mines
Geneva, Switzerland
24 February 1994

On 24 February 1994, to the surprise of many, ICRC President Cornelio Sommaruga announced the ICRC's opinion that, from a humanitarian point of view, a worldwide ban on anti-personnel mines was the only truly effective solution. Apart from a growing body of non-governmental organizations, at that time no other major international organization had supported an outright ban on these weapons. President Sommaruga also called for a prohibition on blinding as a method of warfare and for universal adherence to the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.


Statement of Cornelio Sommaruga
President, International Committee of the Red Cross
Geneva, Switzerland
24 February 1994

ICRC: A Total Ban on Anti-personnel Mines and Blinding Weapons is the Best Option

The first preparatory meeting for the Review Conference on the 1980 United Nations Weapons Convention opens in Geneva on 28 February 1994.

It will be an important milestone in the long-term effort to control the use of the more destructive of modern weapons.

The Convention came into force in 1983 and has been ratified by 41 countries. This is the first opportunity – and the last for at least another 10 years – to review its workings.

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