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close this bookBanning Anti-Personnel Mines - The Ottawa Treaty Explained (International Committee of the Red Cross , 1998, 24 p.)
close this folder2. The Ottawa treaty
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View the document2.1 What is an anti-personnel mine?
Open this folder and view contents2.2 The elements of a comprehensive ban treaty
Open this folder and view contents2.3 Addressing the problem: mine clearance and assistance to victims
View the document2.4 Entry into force
Open this folder and view contents2.5 Ensuring compliance with the treaty
View the document2.6 Reservations
View the document2.7 Withdrawal

2.6 Reservations

No reservations are possible to any of the treaty’s provisions (see Art. 19). This means that at the moment of signature or subsequent adherence, a government is not entitled to make a unilateral declaration that it will not respect one or more of these provisions. In the negotiations, it was felt that the option of making reservations would inevitably create confusion and frustrate the object and purpose of the treaty, which is to impose a total ban on antipersonnel mines. Prohibitions on reservations are unusual in international humanitarian law, although they are included in some arms-control agreements.