Clinton sees progress on landmine removal even as U.S. won’t ban them.

Image: Punta Espora, Chile, Tierra del Fuego side of the…

Image: Punta Espora, Chile, Tierra del Fuego side of the Strait of Magellan – minefield warnig near the ferry terminal; Wikipedia.

Central America is the first region in the world to be free of landmines in areas accessed by people, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

“Landmines render thousands of acres of land unusable and literally tear away the fabric of communities unable to farm land, to walk safely from village to village,” Clinton said.

She noted that Central America has become “the first affected region to achieve mine-impact-free status, meaning all explosives -– and I underline all explosives -– have been safely cleared from areas where people go about their daily lives.”

The U.S. is the single largest financial supporter of destroying conventional weapons, such as the shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles the Obama administration has been trying to track in Libya. At the same time, the U.S. refuses to adhere to a ban on landmines and cluster bombs like those produced by Alliant Techsystems (ATK) of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Source: Nicole Gaouette for Bloomberg.

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