Argument: The military and combat utility of landmines is very limited

Issue Report: Mine Ban Treaty (Ottawa Treaty)

Supporting Evidence:

In 1996, military experts from 19 countries signed on to an ICRC policy statement based on an independent study that concluded that mines were of “limited military utility”.[1]

Then, a group of 15 retired top-ranking US officers publicly asked President Bill Clinton to support a total ban, arguing that it was both humane and militarily responsible. “Given the wide range of weaponry available to military forces today, anti-personnel landmines are not essential,” the retired officers declared in a full-page ad in The New York Times.[2]