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Landmine issue on India's agenda

26-11-1997 News Release 97/47

To promote understanding of the worldwide landmines crisis among India's decision-makers, the ICRC and the Indian Centre for Humanitarian Law and Research co-hosted a one-day seminar in New Delhi on 23 November 1997. The event was attended by more than 70 high-level Indian government representatives and military and legal experts as well as by a representative of the Canadian government. The discussion was lively and centred around the issue of the humanitarian costs of anti-personnel mines versus their military utility. Participants expressed strong interest in the problem and said that the debate would continue. India is among the countries that have indicated they will not sign the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on their Destruction, at the treaty-signing Conference to be held in Ottawa, Canada on 3 and 4 December.