Practice Relating to the Prohibition of Certain Types of Landmines
In 1997, the Finnish Government released a fact sheet in which it explained its position on the use of anti-personnel mines (APLs):
APLs are an integral part of the Finnish territorial defence doctrine. They would only be used in response to armed aggression against Finland. Given their importance to Finland’s defence, any decision to destroy APLs and to bear the considerable cost of providing the same defensive impact with other means would have to be made in the context of such a total ban that Finland regards as responding to the global landmine crisis.