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Sri Lanka bans landmines seven years after ethnic war

A Sri Lankan soldier displays a mine during a clearing operation in the northern town of Kokavil in April 2011Sri Lanka’s government Thursday announced it would ban landmines and promised to destroy its stockpiles of the explosive devices, nearly seven years after its protracted civil war ended. Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva said the cabinet had decided to sign the 1997 UN treaty which banned anti-personnel mines. Sri Lanka had been among a few dozen nations to resist the treaty known as the Ottawa Convention, which prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of mines.

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