From a perspective of international law, it made a huge difference. A landmine is designed and used to explode when triggered, for instance, by an enemy combatant stepping on it. But all kinds of unexploded ordinance, like mortars, or cluster bombs, often had the effect of landmines but were never meant to be left unexploded. Instead, they were Explosive Remnants of War, weapons that kept fighting long after a war had ended just as landmines did.
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