Oslo Conference on Cluster Munitions, 22-23 February 2007

Utenriksminister Støre åpner klaseammunisjonskonferansen på Soria MoriaFor more than 40 years, the use of cluster munitions has been the cause of unacceptable human suffering during and after conflicts throughout the world. The Oslo Conference on Cluster Munitions, 22-23 February 2007 was the first step in a process that could lead to an international ban on cluster munitions who causes unacceptable human suffering.

In the Norwegian Government’s view, certain types of cluster munitions have such serious humanitarian consequences that their use cannot be justified. Norway has therefore for several years promoted the need to start negotiations for an international ban on cluster munitions that have unacceptable humanitarian consequences. The present Norwegian Government has taken an active stance by including their commitment to work for an international ban on cluster munitions in their Government Platform.

When the States Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) failed in November 2006 to agree on a mandate to start real negotiations addressing the humanitarian problems cluster munitions causes, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre invited interested states and organisations to a meeting in Oslo. The aim of the meeting is to start a process towards an international instrument on cluster munitions together with other concerned states and humanitarian actors.

The meeting was held in Oslo on 22 and 23 February, and was a first step in a process that could lead to an international ban on cluster munitions that causes unacceptable human suffering.

Last updated: 26.03.2007
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Oslo Conference on Cluster Munitions 22.2.07 - Opening Statement

- Our objective is to reach agreement on a plan for developing and implementing a new instrument of international humanitarian law that addresses all the unacceptable consequences of cluster munitions by 2008, Minister of Foreign Affairs Støre said in his opening statement at the Oslo Conference 22.02.07.

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