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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 324-98
June 25, 1998

DESTRUCTION OF LAST NON-SELF-DESTRUCTING ANTI-PERSONNEL LANDMINES IN U.S.-BASED STOCKPILE

The Army will detonate approximately 80 non-self-destructing landmines at Crane Army Ammunition Activity (AAA), Ind., as part of ceremonies commemorating final destruction of the U.S.-based stockpile of more than 3.3 million non-self-destructing anti-personnel landmines, at 1 p.m. (EST), on June 30. Media tours of the site will start at 10:30 a.m. (EST). Crane AAA is located 35 miles south of Bloomington, Ind.

Destruction of these landmines marks another significant milestone in the President's initiatives aimed at eliminating the danger anti-personnel landmines poses to civilians in the aftermath of a war.

On May 16, 1996, the President directed the destruction of all U.S. non-self-destructing anti-personnel landmines, except for those needed for the defense of the Republic of Korea, by December 31, 1999.

The U.S. will retain approximately one million non-self-destructing landmines, most of which are stockpiled on the Korean Peninsula. Small numbers will also be maintained at various training locations for demining training purposes.

The Department of Defense remains committed to identifying and fielding suitable alternatives to our anti-personnel landmines and mixed munitions by 2006.

Those wishing to obtain more information may call Steve Abney, (309) 782-5421, or Mark Paulin, 812-854-3498.