Practice Relating to Rule 81. Restrictions on the Use of Landmines
Côte d’Ivoire’s Teaching Manual (2007) provides in Book IV (Instruction of heads of division and company commanders):
II.2.3. Remotely-delivered mines
A “remotely-delivered mine” is a mine not directly emplaced but delivered by artillery, missile, rocket, mortar, or similar means, or dropped from an aircraft. Mines delivered from a land-based system from less than 500 metres are not considered to be “remotely delivered”.
Remotely-delivered landmines can only be used in the area of a military objective, if their location can be precisely recorded and if they can be neutralized if they are no longer necessary for serving the military purpose for which they were placed in position.
Every mine must have:
- an effective automatic destruction or neutralization mechanism;
- a remotely-controlled mechanism designed to render harmless or destroy the mine.
If circumstances permit, effective advance warning should be given if remotely-delivered mines are likely to affect civilians.