Practice Relating to Rule 81. Restrictions on the Use of Landmines
In 1974, during discussions in the Ad Hoc Committee on Conventional Weapons established by the CDDH, Finland stated:
In the case of weapons, the draft Additional Protocols did little more than reaffirm existing law and should be supplemented with prohibitions and restrictions of the use of specific categories of conventional weapons. The Ad Hoc Committee should endeavour to define such weapons and prepare a list mentioning, at least, … delayed action weapons including mines.
In 1994, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, Finland stated that it wished to prevent “future indiscriminate and irresponsible use of anti-personnel land-mines”.
Upon acceptance of the 1996 Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, Finland stated:
The provisions of the amended Protocol which by their contents or nature may be applied also in peacetime, shall be observed at all times …
It is the understanding of Finland that the word “primarily” is included in article 2, paragraph 3 of the amended Protocol to clarify that mines designed to be detonated by the presence, proximity or contact of a vehicle as opposed to a person, that are equipped with anti-handling devices are not considered anti-personnel mines as a result of being so equipped.