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Banning Landmines
Last Featured: 9/10/2002

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The International Campaign to Ban Landmines won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize and sparked an international movement to rid the world of these antipersonnel weapons. Recognizing the devastating effect of the tens of millions of landmines left behind in war-torn regions, ### over 100 countries have signed and ratified the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty calling for an end to the ``suffering ...caused by anti-personnel mines, that kill or maim hundreds of people every week, mostly innocent and defenseless civilians and ...children.`` The United States and other opponents say that they cannot not sign onto a treaty which they argue limits the options for future military operations and potentially jeopardizes the security of their armed forces. While the current use of landmines is rare, they maintain that tying their hands is a risk they cannot take.

Retired Marine Corps Colonel Guy Roberts is an Associate Counsel with the Department of the Navy, where he is responsible for interpretation and implementation of all arms control agreements. In addition to representing the Department of Navy on landmines issues, from 1991-94 he was the primary action officer on the Joint Staff addressing landmines issues and represented the Joint Staff during the negotiations in Geneva on the Amended Mine Protocol to the Certain Conventional Weapons Convention and other arms control discussions. He has written extensively on nonproliferation, arms control, terrorism and law of war issues.

Gina Coplon-Newfield has served as the Coordinator of the US Campaign to Ban Landmines, a coalition of about 500 human rights, humanitarian, medical, veterans, and religious organizations, since February of 2000. Through grassroots organizing, public education, media outreach and political advocacy, the US Campaign works to convince the US government to join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, to increase resources for landmine victim assistance and demining. Coplon-Newfield and the coalition are housed by the Boston-based Physicians for Human Rights, which shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. Previously, Coplon-Newfeld served as the Project Director of the Lead Action Collaborative, a childhood lead poisoning prevention group in Boston.

Closing Quote
"It’s always easy enough to take up arms but very difficult to lay them down. The commencement and the termination of war are not necessarily in the same hands. Even a coward may begin, but the end comes only when victors are willing."

— Ancient Roman historian Gaius Sallustius Crispus

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