Landmines and the Campaign to Ban Them

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During 2002, India and Pakistan have been laying landmines along their disputed border in Kashmir, according to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). The ICBL says it is possibly the largest deployment of mines in decades. Mary Wareham, the Landmine Monitor Report’s global coordinator, recently said: “Mine-laying in India and Pakistan is startling because of the length of the border and the length of the minefields and their proximity to villages and farming land.”

Numerous civilians and soldiers have died as a result of the landmines laid on both sides of the Line of Control in the disputed region of Kashmir. After declaring ceasefires (stopping fighting) in 2002, both Angola and Sri Lanka have stopped using landmines. However the ICBL has reported that the government of Russia and to a lesser extent Georgia continue to use the device.

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