Delegates to an anti-land mine summit in Kenya have adopted a five-year plan for clearing and destroying mines. In concluding the summit earlier on Friday the delegates also urged countries which have not ratified a global ban onland mines to do so.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called on some of the world's most powerful countries, including the United States, China and Russia, to sign the treaty.
The International Campaign to Ban Land Mines says 144 countries have signed the Ottawa Convention banning the production and use of land mines.
It says all countries in sub-Saharan Africa, except for Somalia, have signed the ban.
The United States wanted to sign the treaty, but only if an exception were made to allow it to continue using mines to protect American troops in Korea.