THE NEW YORK TIMES – The Obama administration on Friday announced measures to reduce and eventually eliminate its stockpile of antipersonnel land mines, with the aim of joining the global treaty that prohibits them. The announcement, made by an American observer delegation to a conference on the progress of the 15-year-old treaty, was stronger than the previously stated administration position — that it was studying the treaty’s provisions. The administration did not indicate when the United States would join the treaty, known as the Ottawa Convention, which the Clinton administration had originally encouraged and which most nations have signed. Continue Reading