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Monday 4 April is being marked across the world as International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
On the tenth anniversary of the treaty banning antipersonnel landmines, the US Campaign to Ban Landmines has called on President Barack Obama to work for Senate ratification of the treaty this year.
The Pope, John Paul II, has urged the destruction of landmine stockpiles and called on nations including China, Russia, India and the US to adhere to the 1997 Ottowa Convention to ban them.