Ottawa, Ontario, Canada hosted representatives of over 120 nations for a signing of a Land Mine Treaty on December 3rd, 1997. An agreement to destroy all anti-personnel land mine stock piles within 4 years, and to clear all land mines from their territories with in 10 years. Sadly the United States, Russia and China refused to sign, stating that they needed to protect their personnel and installations in Foreign Nations, such as embassies and military bases.
December 3rd 1997
Signing of a Land Mine Treaty
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
For More Information:
- Ottawa Treaty – Wikipedia
The Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, known informally as the Ottawa Treaty, the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or often simply the Mine Ban Treaty, aims at eliminating anti-personnel landmines (AP-mines) around the world.
- List of parties to the Ottawa Treaty – Wikipedia
This is a list of states that have signed and ratified or acceded to the Ottawa Treaty (also known as the Mine Ban Treaty). The treaty, which outlaws anti-personnel mines, was opened for signature on December 3, 1997.
- The Treaty | Canadian Landmine Foundation
The Ottawa Treaty or the Mine Ban Treaty, formally the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, bans completely all anti-personnel landmines (AP-mines) around the world.
- Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction
The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention is an instrument of international law that prohibits the development, production, stockpiling, transfer, and use of anti-personnel mines. The Convention entered into force on 1 March 2009. It was the result of the “Ottawa Process”, a freestanding process of treaty negotiation outside a United Nations-facilitated forum with the aim of outlawing anti-personnel mines.
- Land Mines – The Canadian Encyclopedia
Land mines, used in zones of conflict to prevent access, are containers filled with explosives. Usually camouflaged or hidden, the devices maim and even kill when detonated by their unsuspecting victims. Land mines are small, inexpensive and easy to deploy.
- An international ban on anti-personnel mines: History and negotiation
As the First Review Conference of the 1980 Convention on Conventional WeaponsProtocol II as amended on 3 May 1996 (CCW) closed in Geneva on 3 May 1996, there was widespread dismay at the failure of the States Parties to reach consensus on effective ways to combat the global scourge of landmines.