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Anti-personnel mines: OAU supports total ban

28-06-1995 News Release 26

 Members of the Organization of African Unity meeting in Addis Ababa have adopted a common stance endorsing an absolute ban on the production and use of anti-personnel mines. The decision was taken at the 32nd session of the OAU Council of Ministers, held from 21 to 23 June in the Ethiopian capital. The meeting followed a number of seminars held in Africa this year by the OAU in cooperation with the ICRC.  

    

This position will be supported by the OAU at the forthcoming Review Conference of the 1980 UN Weapons Convention (Vienna, 25 September-13 October 1995). Only three African States have so far become party to the Convention.

" This decision is a major achievement for Africa " , said Marguerite Contat, head of the ICRC's mission to the OAU. " The States of this continent have demonstrated their resolve to form a united front against the indiscriminate use of anti-personnel mines. The international community and the ICRC, which has helped raise awareness of this scourge in Africa, have a responsibility to cooperate closely with the OAU in the implementation of this resolution. "