Afghanistan's cabinet has approved full acceptance of the international treaty banning anti-personnel landmines.
The landmine-infested country is the 126th nation to join the pact. Since Afghanistan has no legislature, cabinet approval is all that is needed to accede to the treaty.
The approval comes after Foreign Minister Abdullah (Eds: one name only) said Sunday the transitional government will sign the treaty. Speaking in Kabul at an international conference on banning landmines, Mr. Abdullah said Afghanistan will destroy every landmine in the country, however long it takes.
U-N officials say as many as 300 people are killed or injured in Afghanistan each month by mines and other unexploded munitions left over from the country's many wars.
Meanwhile, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has appointed four new provincial governors in some of the country's most troubled regions. A spokesman for the president (Fazel Akbar) said the new governors replace leaders who were self-appointed or picked by local leaders during a political vacuum that was created after the fall of the Taleban government.
The International Treaty to Ban Landmines disallows the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of landmines. The treaty became international law in 1999.