Colombia VP warns of 'disastrous' effects of landmines (Schwitzerland)

GENEVA, March 2, 2009 (AFP) - Colombia's Vice President Francisco Santos Calderon warned Monday of the "disastrous" affects of landmines as he marked the 10th anniversary of the mine-banning Ottawa Treaty entering into force.


The Colombian vice president said he planned to "show to the world the disastrous effects of anti-personnel mines" in his country when it hosts a conference to review the treaty from November 30 to December 4.

Calderon said that between 1990 and 2008 just over 7,500 people had been killed by landmines in Colombia, including over 700 children.

Mines, largely used by the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, killed 149 people and injured 563 in 2008 in Colombia, Calderon added.

Handicap International, a pressure group, said the Ottawa Treaty had led to the destruction of over 42 million stockpiled mines worldwide.

156 state parties have signed up to the 1997 treaty, which came into force on March 1, 1999.

Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Von: 02.03.2009,

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