Download e-book for iPad: Mine Action After Diana: Progress in the Struggle Against by Stuart Maslen

By Stuart Maslen

In 1997, many nations got here jointly to pledge $500 million over 5 years to 'mine motion' programmes to take on the destruction attributable to landmines. This e-book explores how successfully that money has been spent. Is the realm a more secure position end result of the ban? Has overseas mine motion been a hit? What classes were learnt alongside the way in which? What are the demanding situations for the long run? in brief, what's the real volume of Princess Diana's legacy?Stuart Maslen assesses the effectiveness of mine knowledge, mine clearance operations, sufferer tips, foreign legislations and stockpile destruction. He outlines the worldwide probability that mines current and the evolution of the mine motion programme worldwide.

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Only then, in theory at least, will NPA begin clearing the land. Mine action in Thailand: a summary Thailand was the first South-east Asian country to sign the Ottawa Treaty which it ratified in 1998 and went on to set up one of only two developing-country mine action programmes that are predominantly locally financed (Croatia being the other). Since then it has fulfilled its treaty obligations, completing destruction of its stocks of landmines in April 2003. Progress in mine clearance, however, has been more limited.

Depleted uranium contamination – used, the military tell us, to penetrate the hulls of tanks – also requires study. In the 1991 Gulf War, the US dropped 290 tons of DU projectiles, particularly around Basra, and US Central Command has confirmed that DU has been used in the 2003 conflict. A study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) concludes that anti-tank munitions used by the Coalition against Iraqi tank formations released DU into the environment. Risks to be addressed include widespread low-level contamination of the ground in areas exposed, possible contamination of ground water and the presence of fragments that may be handled by unprotected civilians.

According to the US Defense Intelligence Agency, more than 300 million anti-tank mines were used during the war, including 220 million by the Soviet Union. Mines were integral to the famous battles at El Alamein and Kursk, among others. It is claimed that one German anti-personnel mine, the Schrapnellmine 35 or S mine as it was later called, ‘was probably the most feared device encountered by Allied troops’. Following the end of the war, demobilised soldiers introduced the term ‘minefield’ into everyday parlance, meaning a situation beset with problems.

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