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

By Louis Maresca; Stuart Maslen | Go to book overview

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United Nations General Assembly, 1995
(Fiftieth Session)

In its statement before the United Nations General Assembly, the ICRC reiterated its disappointment at the failure of the Review Conference to achieve agreement on a strengthened Protocol II and warned of the dangers of allowing long grace periods for the introduction of the modest measures under discussion by States. The ICRC asked States to consider whether the limited military utility of anti-personnel landmines was really worth the tragedy they were causing.


Statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross
General and Complete Disarmament: 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
First Committee of the General Assembly
26 October 1995

Mr. Chairman,

A few weeks ago, we had assumed that we would be speaking at this session of the First Committee on the results of the first Review Conference of 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 (CCW).

As we know the Conference has been adjourned as it was unable to reach agreement on amendments to Protocol II on landmines and we share the disappointment that was felt in Vienna when this decision had to be taken. However, we are of the opinion that several important gains were made during what may now be termed the first session of the Conference, in particular the adoption of the

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