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Sen. Leahy Urging President Obama to Ban Landmines

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) remained on the U.S. Senate floor urging President Barack Obama to take a step further in banning the use of landmines.
WASHINGTON - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) remained on the U.S. Senate floor urging President Barack Obama to take a step further in banning the use of landmines.

For more than two decades, Leahy has directed federal funds to clear minefields and provide victims with help.

One-hundred sixty one countries have joined a treaty banning the production, stockpiling, export and use of anti-personnel landmines.

Representatives met on Monday in Mozambique to review the treaty.  Leahy is urging the president to join.

"There's still thousands of deaths and injury from landmines each year," Sen. Leahy said." And of course Mr. President they're not combatants in most cases, they're innocent civilians."

According to the Boston Globe, the U.S. was one of the first to call for a treaty banning land mines, but is now the only member of nato that has not joined the pact. 

The United States is attending the treaty conference, but only as an observer.
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