Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cluster Bomb Conference Ends Strongly

previously reported on this blog, the Wellington Conference on Cluster Munitions has been taking place recently in New Zealand and has closed with a resolution committing signatories to negotiate towards the eradication of cluster bombs at the next round of discussions - to be held in Dublin on May 19-30.

Central to the declaration are the commitments to:
  • A prohibition on the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians
  • A framework for cooperation and assistance that ensures adequate provision of care and rehabilitation to survivors and their communities, clearance of contaminated areas, risk education, and destruction of stockpiles.
The video from the Cluster Munition Coalition gives some of the background to the conference.

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