The Obama administration announced at the Third Review Conference of the Ottawa Treaty in Maputo, Mozambique that it will not produce or otherwise acquire any anti-personnel landmines in the future, including replacing expiring stockpiles. Spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden of the U.S. National Security Council said in a statement:
“Our delegation in Maputo made clear that we are diligently pursuing solutions that would be compliant with and ultimately allow the United States to accede to the Ottawa Convention — the treaty banning the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of APL … The United States shares the humanitarian goals of the Ottawa Convention and is the world’s single largest financial supporter of humanitarian mine action, providing more than $2.3 billion in aid since 1993 in more than 90 countries for conventional weapons destruction programs.”
– Caitlin Hayden, U.S. National Security Council
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