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Support for Landmine Treaty (80613-C1-R335)

Amend Resolution No. 335 as follows:  
Antipersonnel land mines landmines are weapons of mass destruction that claim life or limb of another innocent victim every 20 minutes. Peacekeepers, humanitarian workers, and missionaries daily risk death and injury from land mines landmines. Today, 135 151 countries have signed the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, an international agreement that bans antipersonnel landmines. In March 1999 the treaty became binding under international law.  The United States and 39 other countries have not ratified the treaty. Religious leaders, physicians, veterans, humanitarian activists, environmentalists, and human-rights advocates have called upon the United States to sign and ratify the Mine Ban Treaty.  
Antipersonnel land mines landmines are a growing threat to human community and the environment, kill or maim hundreds of people every week, bring untold suffering and casualties to mostly innocent and defenseless civilians and especially children, obstruct economic development and reconstruction, inhibit the repatriation of refugees and internally displaced persons, and have other severe consequences for years after emplacement.  The United States is one of only 13 countries that refuse to halt production of antipersonnel landmines.
We are firm believers that the world needs a new vision, a vision of peace rooted in justice, a world bound together under the umbrella of God’s love for all humankind.
It is in this spirit that we celebrate the worth and dignity of all races and peoples and call for the end of development and deployment of landmines.  Micah 4:3 “...They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks” further reveals God’s will for humankind.
Therefore, t The General Conference of The United Methodist Church , calls upon:
  
1. the President of the United States and, if need be, his successor, to endorse sign and the U.S. Senate to ratify the "Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction," commonly called the Mine Ban Treaty; and further, that our Council of Bishops, the general superintendents of The United Methodist Church, send representation of that body to deliver this heartfelt call to the President as soon as possible after the adjournment of the year 2000 General Conference .  
2. all countries that have not done so to ratify the Landmine Treaty
3. We call upon U.S. citizens and the U.S. Government the General Board of Global Ministries, nongovernmental organizations and governments to increase resources for humanitarian de-mining, mine awareness programs, and increased resources for landmine victim rehabilitation and assistance  
4. We commit ourselves to strategies of advocacy the General Board of Church and Society to advocate against the deployment of land mines landmines, de-mining, and caring for persons who have been wounded by land mines landmines.  
; and w We ask that the secretary of the General Conference to send this resolution to the President of the United States Senate and to the s Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives as soon as possible after the adjournment of the year 200 0 8 General Conference.