US moves closer to banning landmines

2014-09-23 22:46:02 | Al Muslim News
US moves closer to banning landmines


The US has promised to destroy its stockpiles of anti-personnel landmines, and comply with an international prohibition treaty in all areas except the 'No Man's Land' on the Korean Peninsula. Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his administration would take another step towards complying with the Ottowa treaty, which was agreed in 1997 and has been signed by 162 countries. The US president's statement was made at the annual Bill Clinton philanthropy convention in New York, and on the 20th anniversary of the former president's pledge to eliminate the weapons from the US arsenal. "Outside of the unique circumstance of the Korean Peninsula, where we have a longstanding commitment to the defence of our ally, South Korea, the US will not use anti-personnel landmines," Obama said. "We will begin destroying our stockpiles not required for the defence of South Korea. And we're going to continue to work to find ways that would allow us to ultimately comply fully and accede to the Ottawa Convention." In addition, the US said it would neither assist nor encourage anyone outside the region to use such weapons. Human Rights Watch estimates the US has about nine million mines in its stockpile. The move brings the US closer to adhering to Ottawa, which prohibits the use, stockpiling, production, and transfer of anti-personnel landmines. Washington had only been able to pinpoint a single use of a landmine by its forces in a military situation, apart from between the two Koreas, in the last 20 years, though the official would not say where it took place. Anti-landmine campaigners welcomed the move, but called on Obama to go further and ban the use of landmines everywhere. "It's good that the Obama administration continues to inch toward joining the treaty, but Korean civilians need protections from these weapons just as much as people in every other country," said Steve Goose, the chairman of the US Campaign to Ban Landmines..

Tags: #

Latest News

What to Next

Turkey, Iran, Iraq concerned over Kurdish referendum

ANKARA: Turkey, Iran and Iraq have agreed to consider counter-measures against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence referendum, Turkey&rs... More

Three civilians killed in held Kashmir claim police

SRINAGAR: Authorities in India-held Kashmir claimed that suspected militants hurled a grenade at motorcade of a local government minister on Thursday,... More

Trump budget opens new fight among Republicans

WASHINGTON: Republican U.S. Representative Todd Rokita keeps a clock hanging on the wall of his Capitol Hill office that tracks the U.S. government... More

15 dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey Black Sea coast

Fifteen people drowned and up to 15 more were missing on Friday after a fishing boat carrying migrants sunk off Turkey's Black Sea coast, the coas... More

Iran s Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US warnings

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would boost its missile capabilities despite warnings from Washington that it is ready t... More

Fresh fires bomb blast in Myanmars Rakhine

Twenty homes caught fire and a bomb was detonated near a mosque in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the government said on Friday, the latest unrest in a ... More

Pakistan tells UN wont be scapegoat in Afghan war

Pakistan refuses to be a “scapegoat” for Afghanistan's bloodshed or to fight wars for others, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told... More

Kashmiris protest atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Dozens of activists staged a demonstration in the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday to condemn the alleged violence and discriminatio... More

Haj success opens way for talks with Saudi: Iran

Iran thanked Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for its handling of the Haj operations, saying it opened the way for negotiations between the regional rivals. ... More

North Korea nuclear test more powerful than estimated: Japan

Japan's defence minister on Tuesday said North Korea's latest nuclear test was more powerful than initially estimated, with a yield that was a... More