Nations gather to review landmines


Representatives from more than 100 nations are gathering in Colombia to review a UN treaty banning anti-personnel mines, which killed more than 5000 people in 2008 alone. The summit in Cartagena is the second conference reviewing the 1997 Ottawa Treaty, which came into force in March 1999 after pressure from victims of the weaponry. The treaty – which bans the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines, and orders their destruction – has 156 signatory nations. But the US, China and Russia have declined to join.