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Referring to any device or maneuver intended to disable, wound, maim, or kill persons, in particular military personnel
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demands that "smart" APEs like the CBU-89 Gator Mine System--a 1,000-pound cluster munition containing 22 antipersonnel mines and 72 antitank mines--be exempted from the treaty.
must abandon all use of antipersonnel mines, this policy allows the Pentagon to set the pace for developing substitutes for a weapon it does not want to relinquish.
only other government in recent years to use antipersonnel mines.
Ethiopia will now have to destroy its existing stockpiles of antipersonnel landmines within four years in line with the international law, and clear any mined areas within 10 years as well as cease any use, production or transfer of the weapon immediately.
Other countries, while acquiescing to the treaty's stipulation that all nations must destroy their stockpiles, insist upon retaining at least 1,000 antipersonnel mines for "training purposes only.
to declare a ban (or an indefinite moratorium) on the production of antipersonnel landmines and to ask Congress to enact a law making permanent the president's declared ban on exports of antipersonnel landmines.
governmental forces have actively laid antipersonnel mines in recent years is
Outside its walls lie an estimated ninety-eight antipersonnel mines once deployed to avert prisoner escapes and declared missing last year due to "climatic conditions," like the occasional but intense rains and ground tremors that have moved them from their initial positions.
Since the last Landmine Monitor report, four countries have joined the treaty: Ethiopia, in which there has been substantial use of antipersonnel mines in the recent past, Bhutan, Latvia, and Vanuatu.
27, rejects the 1997 Ottawa antipersonnel land mine treaty adopted by 141 nations.
policy of not participating in a treaty banning antipersonnel land mines and called instead on Japan and other countries to join in its new initiative to deal with land mines separately from the treaty.
Soldiers also receive instructions on minefield construction, such as where to use antipersonnel or antitank mines and the kinds of mines to use in various areas (fields, forests, roads, etc.