Mexico blocks landmine ban

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Mexico blocked a Western attempt in a UN-backed forum to launch negotiations towards a global ban on landmines. Western diplomats expressed disappointment over the veto, saying it seemed to break a Mexican government pledge won by US President Bill Clinton last month.

Prospects now appeared dimmer than ever for a breakthrough during the session of the 61-member Conference on Disarmament which ends on 27 June.

Reuters - Geneva