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Anti-personnel landmines: Asian experts meet in Manila

09-07-1997 News Release 97/26

Some 30 military experts are expected to attend an Asian Regional Seminar on Anti-Personnel Mines , to be held from 20 to 23 July in the Philippine capital Manila. The objective of the seminar, which is being organized by the ICRC in cooperation with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine National Red Cross, is to initiate an informal dialogue among independent Asian analysts on issues central to the future of anti-personnel mines in the region. Participants will discuss current international political and legal initiatives regarding these weapons, the relevant provisions of international humanitarian law, the military effectiveness of anti-personnel mines, regional and international cooperation in mine clearance, and possibilities for regional initiatives to tackle the anti-personnel mines problem. The seminar is expected to issue recommendations to States in the region, with particular emphasis on the military utility of anti-personnel landmines.