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Total ban on landmines is unnecessary

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 29 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1465
  1. Eddie Chaloner, General surgical registrara,
  2. Steve Mannion, Registrar in orthopaedic surgeryb
  1. a Royal London Hospital, London E1 1BB
  2. b Lewisham Hospital, London SE13 6LH

    See editorial by Nathanson

    Editor—The announcement of a unilateral ban on the use and stockpiling of antipersonnel landmines by the government of the United Kingdom is the culmination of a vigorous media campaign by a coalition of agencies led by the Red Cross. Some media reports, however, have seriously distorted the facts about landmines.

    The debate on the international regulation of landmines has been emotional and conducted by people with little firsthand experience. Much of the commentary is ill informed, and wider issues of landmine control have …

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