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Vol 40 No 5

Published 5th May 1999


Banned, still deadly

The campaign against anti-personnel mines (APM) has grown fast. The Ottawa Convention banning them came into force on 1 March, when 134 governments had signed and 65 ratified it. The latest signatory was Ukraine, a big arms exporter said to have over a million mines in stock. Yet in many countries, mines are still laid faster than they are removed. Angola and Sudan, both signatories, lead the minefield: both increasingly lay mines and so do their armed opponents.

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