Britain reverses landmine policy

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 27 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1055

Britain has reversed its policy on anti-personnel landmines on the eve of the United Nations weapons convention review conference. David Davis, minister of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, told parliament this week that “the UK will work actively towards a total, worldwide ban on anti-personnel mines.” In the event of such a ban, Britain would give up its own anti-personnel landmine capability and destroy its stockpiles, currently estimated at several thousand mines. In addition, Britain will impose a moratorium on all exports of anti-personnel mines, with immediate effect.

This represents a significant …

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