The Third Austrian Draft of the Convention on the
Prohibition of Anti-personnel Mines
The third draft of an international treaty banning anti-personnel landmines was the starting point for the negotiations which took place in Oslo. The draft had been prepared by the Austrian government and integrated many of the proposals made by governments, the ICRC and international and non-governmental organizations during earlier sessions.
International Committee of the Red Cross
Third Austrian Draft (13/5/97)
Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-personnel Mines
General Comments – We commend and support the Austrian draft which has effectively integrated many of the proposals made in the Vienna and Bonn expert group meetings in a manner which should command broad support. In particular we welcome the unambiguous definition of an anti-personnel mine. The following comments reflect the views of the ICRC on the Austrian text. In preparing this document we have taken into account statements on the Austrian text made by States during the first two days of the Brussels Conference.
This document proposes specific provisions concerning mine victims and mine awareness – subjects which received considerable attention at the Brussels Conference. Proposals for new text on these subjects are contained under Article 1 (general obligations), a new Article 7 (labeled 6 bis) and under Article 8 (para. 3).
The addition of the following paragraph under this article on “general obligations” would emphasize the comprehensive nature of the treaty as well as the positive benefits of adherence: