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Landmines

Volume 569: debated on Thursday 8 February 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What progress has been made in the international technical-level negotiations on the control of the deployment of landmines.

Technical experts met in Geneva from 15–19 January in order to re-examine the questions on which agreement was not possible at the UN Weaponry Convention Review Conference in September/October 1995. Good progress was made on the core technical issues of specifications for self-destruction/self-deactivation mechanisms and detectability.The third session of the Review Conference will take place in Geneva from 22 April-3 May. We shall work to conclude an agreement there which should deliver a real reduction in the dangers to civilians from the indiscriminate use of landmines.