Germany abandons personnel mines

Germany abandons personnel mines

Bonn - German armed forces will abandon the use of anti-personnel landmines and gradually abolish their stockpiles to set an example for other countries, officials said yesterday. Government sources said Defence Minister Volker Ruhe hoped the move would lend momentum to a United Nations conference resuming next week that aims to curtail use of the weapons that indiscriminately kill or maim more than 25,000 people a year. Reuter

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