Statement by Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Entry into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions
July 30, 2010
- Japan welcomes the entry into force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions on August 1.
- Japan takes seriously the humanitarian concerns presented by cluster ammunitions and has thus actively involved itself in the creation of this effective international convention which aims to resolve this issue. Japan concluded the Convention in July of last year.
- Japan has been extending assistance for the demining and clearance of unexploded ordnances including cluster munitions, and assistance for victimes. The total assistance in these areas since 1998 amounts to 390 million USD (40 billion yen) in 44 countries and regions. Japan will continue to play an active role in these areas.
- Japan places high importance on the 1st Conference of States Parties to the Convention to be held in Lao PDR in November. Japan will continue active efforts on this issue through such actions as assisting the chair country Lao PDR, encouraging countries that have not yet concluded the Convention etc. When Foreign Minister Mr. Okada visited the Lao PDR last week, he talked with H.E. Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, about cooperation toward the Convention, and expressed that Japan planned to dispatch high-level officials to the aforementioned Conference.