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New report looks at government engagement on ban treaty
GENEVA, Switzerland - 29 May 2009 - Several states that have signed the new international treaty prohibiting cluster munitions have already started to destroy their stockpiles of the weapon, even before the treaty formally takes effect, according to Banning Cluster Munitions: Government Policy and Practice, a 288-page report released today.
Introduction and Overview
The period from 2006 until the end of 2008 saw dramatic changes in the positions of many governments on the military necessity and legality of cluster munitions. In a shift of international opinion, dozens of nations went from an adamant defense of the weapon to a full embrace of a comprehensive prohibition.
Initiated by the government of Norway in November 2006, the Oslo Process provided a fast-track multilateral response to the humanitarian problems posed by cluster munitions.
Today (Wed) over 100 countries are expected to sign the Convention on Cluster Munitions, the most significant humanitarian treaty for a decade, according to Landmine Action, Oxfam and other campaigners.
The new treaty bans cluster bombs - large weapons which release hundreds of smaller bombs - and will save lives now and in future wars.