The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the US, General John Shalikashvili, seems to have changed his mind in favour of a total ban in the US, leaving our government isolated in the international community.
Land-mines kill and maim indiscriminately. Survivors usually lose at least one limb, and the subsequent care needed and human productivity lost is unimaginable.
I would very much welcome an announcement by the British government that it, too, finds the production of these abhorrent weapons insupportable, and will order a ban on manufacture. Britain has, of course, not exported land-mines for over a decade.
Matthias von Boeventer
Bradford on Avon, WiltshireReuse content