Photo: Forsvarets Mediesenter/Torbjørn Kjosvold.Photo: Forsvarets Mediesenter/Torbjørn Kjosvold

The ban on cluster munitions to take effect

2/17/2010 // “It’s finally clear that the ban will take effect. Through this convention we’ve contributed to making the world safer, we’ve strengthened international humanitarian law and those affected will now finally get help,” says Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre.

Burkina Faso and Moldova both submitted their instruments of ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions to the United Nations last night. That means that there are now the necessary thirty countries for the Convention to take effect from August this year.

“Norway will in accordance with the Convention destroy all its cluster munitions in the course of the next few months. We will also contribute over NOK 100 million (USD 17 million) a year for demining efforts and help to the victims of cluster munitions,” says the foreign minister.

“We look forward to meeting in Laos at the end of 2010 for the first meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions,” says Støre.

The Convention on Cluster Munitions opened for signatories in Oslo on December 3rd, 2008. So far 104 states have backed the international ban on cluster munitions. The Convention bans all use, storage, production and transfer of cluster munitions. It also obliges states to destroy their stockpiles and assist affected countries in clearing deadly unexploded cluster munitions that remain on the ground. The Convention also gives the victims the right to help. 

The Convention on Cluster Munitions was negotiated by states in Dublin in 2008 on the initiative of Norway in the so-called Oslo-process. The Convention was created through a unique partnership between states, the United Nations, the International Red Cross and humanitarian organisations.

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