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U.S. Landmine Policy

On Friday, February 27, 2004, the new United States policy on landmines was announced. This policy is a significant departure from past approaches to landmines. It ensures protection for both military forces and civilians alike, and continues U.S. leadership in humanitarian mine action -- those activities that contribute most directly toward eliminating the landmine problem and mitigating its effects on landmine survivors. Under the new policy, the United States will:

  • eliminate all persistent landmines from its arsenal;

  • continue to develop non-persistent (self-destructing/self-deactivating) landmines that will not pose a humanitarian threat after use in battle;

  • continue to research and develop enhancements to the current self-destructing/self-deactivating landmine technology in order to develop and preserve military capabilities that address the United States transformational goals;

  • seek a worldwide ban on the sale or export of all persistent landmines;

  • get rid of its non-detectable mines within one year;

  • only employ persistent anti-vehicle mines outside of Korea between now and 2010, if needed, when authorized by the President;

  • not use any persistent landmines -- neither anti-personnel nor anti-vehicle -- anywhere after 2010;

  • begin the destruction within two years of those persistent landmines not needed for the protection of Korea;

  • seek a 50 percent increase in the U.S. Department of State's portion of the U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program over Fiscal Year 2003 baseline levels to $70 million a year.


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