Practice Relating to the Prohibition of Certain Types of Landmines
In 1974, during discussions in the Ad Hoc Committee on Conventional Weapons established by the CDDH, Egypt stated:
It was generally agreed that time-delay weapons such as anti-personnel weapons, land-mines and aircraft, artillery and naval gun-delivered mines and booby traps, often placed far from the combat areas, could injure civilians as well as combatants and were therefore indiscriminate. Moreover, such devices generally exploded close to the victims, causing grave injuries; they also slowed up the evacuation of the sick and wounded from mined areas, thus increasing their suffering. His delegation called for prohibition of the use of weapons of that category.
In 2000, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, Egypt stated that while it recognized the “humanitarian goal” of the 1997 Ottawa Convention on Anti-Personnel Mines, it continued “to maintain that the Ottawa Convention lacks the vision necessary to deal comprehensively with all aspects related to landmines”.