ESTONIA PARLIAMENT APPROVES LANDMINES CONVENTION

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TALLINN, MARCH 25. (RIA NOVOSTI). -- On Wednesday the parliament of Estonia has approved the convention banning the use of landmines. Only six deputies of the Isamaliit party (Fatherland Union) were against.

The parliamentary press service said that Isamaliit deputies believe that Estonia should be able to ensure own protection and not to rely only on allies.

They also recalled threats which may emanate from Russia because, in their view, the danger of the country's undemocratic development remains.

Sven Mikser, chairman of the parliamentary defence commission, noted that discourse on the possibility of staging a mine defence against an infantry attack is unrealistic.

He recalled that Estonia had earlier joined the convention banning the use of conventional weapons with a surplus destructive effect.

Mikser stressed that civilians are the first to suffer from antipersonnel mines.

The convention forbids for the countries joining it to use, produce, buy, store up, keep and resale antipersonnel mines. Member countries of the convention are allowed to have a limited number of specimens of such mines to act out and improve the mine clearing methods.

Estonia has neither reserves of landmines nor minefields on its territory.

The United States, Russia, Poland and Finland have not yet ratified this convention.

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