For immediate release: May 8, 2010
Media contacts: Jeff Abramson, Deputy Director (202) 463-8270 x 109; Daryl G. Kimball, Executive Director, (202) 463-8270 x 107.
“This bipartisan expression of Congressional support, especially that by more than two-third of the country’s Senators, should create the space for President Obama to do the right thing,” said Jeff Abramson, deputy director of the Arms Control Association.
“For a president seeking to demonstrate
“In the letter,
Following a call from more than 60 national organizations in February 2009 for a new
In the letters, members of Congress say, “We are confident that through a thorough, deliberative process the Administration can identify any obstacles to joining the Convention and develop a plan to overcome them as soon as possible.”
The 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, also known as the Mine Ban Treaty, entered into force in 1999. It bans the use of victim-activated antipersonnel landmines and sets timelines for their destruction and clearance.
More than 150 countries are party to the treaty, including all NATO allies with the exception of the
The United has not used antipersonnel landmines since 1991, not exported them since 1992, nor produced them since 1997, according to the Congressional letter. Globally, the treaty has led to a dramatic reduction in the use, trade and production of the weapons.
NGO Letter to President Obama, March 22, 2010: http://www.armscontrol.org/system/files/LandmineLetter_March2010.pdf
NGO Letter to President Obama, February 10, 2009: http://www.fcnl.org/weapons/pdfs/Obama_sign-on_letter_FINAL.pdf
Then-candidate Obama responses to Arms Control Today, 2008: http://www.armscontrol.org/2008election
ACA landmines resource page: http://www.armscontrol.org/subject/24/date