Signing of the Convention on Cluster Munitions
December 2, 2008
- The Government of Japan made a cabinet decision to sign the Convention
on Cluster Munitions. Mr. Hirofumi Nakasone, Minister for Foreign
Affairs, will sign the Convention at a signing ceremony which will be held
in Norway (Oslo) in the morning of December 3 (Wed), local time (Japan time:
afternoon of the same day).
- This Convention was adopted at the Dublin Diplomatic Conference hosted
by the Government of Ireland in May 2008. It prohibits the use, development
and production of cluster munitions, and stipulates the destruction of stockpiles
of cluster munitions within 8 years in principle, assistance to the victims
of cluster munitions, and the creation of a framework for international
- Taking humanitarian concerns arising from cluster munitions very seriously, Japan has contributed to the clearance of unexploded ordnance including cluster munitions in Lebanon, Laos, Cambodia, Afghanistan and elsewhere, and also to the process of drafting this Convention. This Convention plays an important role from the viewpoint of promoting international cooperation to respond to humanitarian concerns caused by cluster munitions.