Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To The White House Announcement Of Changes To U.S. Landmine Policy

“This is a crucial step that makes official what has been de facto U.S. practice for a decade and a half.  The White House has recognized what our NATO allies declared long ago:  These inherently indiscriminate weapons that disproportionately harm civilians have no place in the 21st Century, and those who use them should be condemned.  I commend President Obama for taking this step, which brings U.S. policy closer to the international landmine ban treaty.  It mirrors my legislation in 1997 cosponsored by 57 U.S. senators, including key Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate today.”

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