Rethink urged on Falklands mines

Landmine Action is lobbying the Government to stop clearing mines in the Falklands, arguing that it would be far better to remove mines from countries such as Angola or Afghanistan.

Under the Ottawa Convention, Britain must clear an area of 20 square kilometres, planted with mines during the 1982 conflict with Argentina, by March 2009. But there has not been a single casualty in 23 years and the charity has reported that the islanders feel it would be wrong if they took priority over countries where people are regularly killed by landmines.

The Government appears to be listening - Landmine Action deputy director Simon Conway said it has made no attempt to reach the deadline. An announcement is expected after the UK and Argentinian governments meet later this year.

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