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Daemon
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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US Moving to Join Landmine Convention

The Ottawa Convention, a UN treaty banning landmines, currently has 161 signatories, but noticeably absent are several world powers, including the US, Russia, and China. Though the number of people killed or maimed each year by landmines has fallen considerably since the convention came into force in 1999, thousands—the vast majority of whom are civilians—still fall victim to these weapons each year. Now, the US has announced its intention to eventually join the treaty, and it is taking steps toward this by committing to end production and purchasing of anti-personnel landmines, allowing existing stockpiles to dwindle as they expire. More...
MechPebbles
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014 12:20:08 AM

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Eek! Awful things, landmines.
Pieter_Hove
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Belgium already joined the convention years ago.
Alexander Lo
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014 2:36:57 AM

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It is nice to know that. I believe we need a peaceful world.
walirlan
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014 3:25:29 AM

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Alexander Lo wrote:
It is nice to know that. I believe we need a peaceful world.


I really believe that US wants this peaceful world!Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel
monamagda
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014 7:40:34 PM

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STOP LANDMINES!!

Our planet is contaminated by a deadly plague of landmines!!!

DID YOU KNOW THAT:
Currently, for every landmine cleared a further 20 are being laid.

Children’s size and natural curiosity make them particularly vulnerable to antipersonnel mines. They are often too little to see mines that are clearly visible to adults. Children will stray off safe routes into minefields and they may not be able to recognise or read warning signs,

Visit this site: http://www.warchild.org/Interactive_Galleries/Landmines/Effects/effects.html
Tovarish
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014 9:13:18 PM

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There was a battalion commander who shall remain nameless, in the Vietnam War, leading Aussie Diggers in planting land mines.

The Viet Kong then dug them up over night and used them against the Aussie soldiers.

He may know where he left them, we could ask.
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