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Russia: Yeltsin, Chretien Call For Landmine Ban

Moscow, 20 October 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien today issued a joint statement calling for an international ban on anti-personnel landmines.

In the statement, Yeltsin voiced support for an international treaty against landmines that is due to be signed at a December conference in Canada. The statement did not say when Yeltsin might sign the treaty.

Reports say Chretien today invited Yeltsin to Canada for the signing. But Yeltsin remained non-committal, saying that he agreed Russia should sign promptly and that he would not exclude the possibility of attending the Ottawa conference.

Before his arrival yesterday for a five-day visit to Russia, Chretien said a key goal of his trip would be to persuade Yeltsin to sign the ban.