Convention on Cluster Munitions enters into force for the UK

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Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt welcomed the Convention's entry into force in a statement.

The Minister said:

"”I am delighted that the Convention on Cluster Munitions has come into force for the UK today. The Convention, prohibiting the use, development, production, transfer, and stockpiling of cluster munitions, is one of the most important disarmament treaties of recent years, addressing the humanitarian impact these indiscriminate weapons have on communities long after conflicts are resolved.”

“This Government is committed to working for a global ban of cluster munitions. The UK has already been working hard on fulfilling our obligations and will continue to do so, particularly on our efforts to promote the Convention to those countries yet to join.”

“The UK will attend the Convention’s 1st Meeting of States Parties to be hosted by Laos PDR next week where we will play a leading role in developing the next steps in advancing this important treaty.”