International convention on cluster munitions signed in Oslo

International convention on cluster munitions signed in Oslo
# 04 December 2008 15:05 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Ilhama Isabalayeva – APA. International convention on cluster munitions was signed in Oslo, the capital of Norway. Chairman of Azerbaijan Campaign to Ban Landmines Hafiz Safikhanov, who attended the ceremony, told APA that the convention bans the use, production, stockpiling and trade of such weapons for another 10 years. He said signing states must ensure clearing the contaminated areas and provide assistance to cluster bomb victims and the handicapped people.
Safikhanov said cluster munitions wounded or killed tens of thousands of people within over 40 years and after that and it continues. The treaty provides assistance to cluster bomb victims, their families and affected communities. Among those who signed the convention there are countries that produce cluster munitions, as well as former producers and the states having stockpile. The convention was signed by heads of states, foreign ministers, defence ministers and other officials of about 50 countries. 18 of 26 NATO members including UK, France and Germany, as well as most of African and Latin American countries signed the convention. The convention will be open for signature in the UN. In order to make the convention effective, it should be ratified by 30 states. Four countries – Norway, Sierra Leone, Ireland and Vatican have already ratified it.
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