Egypt welcomes cluster-bomb ban treaty

07:40, August 03, 2010      

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Egypt welcomes an international convention banning cluster munitions, which became binding international law on Sunday, Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossam Zaki said on Monday.

The spokesman hailed the Convention on Cluster Munitions as a landmark step on eliminating a peril which causes extensive harm to mankind, saying Egypt fully supports its objectives.

Zaki said Egypt, although had participated in the talks that mapped out the treaty in 2008, has yet to sign it because it sees the convention misses some points, such as it does not ban those cluster munitions made use of advanced technology.

Egypt will not sign the treaty as long as major producers and users of these kinds of munitions remain out of the framework, he said.

He added that Egypt hoped future review conferences would work out a remedy for the shortcomings of the treaty which consolidates global disarmament efforts.

The Convention on Cluster Munitions was adopted at a conference in Dublin, Ireland on May 30, 2008, and was open for signature in Oslo in Norway. It bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions and calls for the destruction of stockpiles within eight years, clearance of cluster munition- contaminated land within 10 years, and assistance to cluster munitions survivors and affected communities.

The treaty has been signed by 107 countries, and 37 of whom have ratified the document, including Britain, France, Germany and Japan.

Source: Xinhua


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