Sept 05, Geneva: Sri Lanka has announced that it has reached an agreement to accede to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) in the near future.
Sri Lanka's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha made the announcement during the Seventh Meeting of States Parties to the Convention, held in Geneva from 4-6 September 2017.
A statement delivered by the Sri Lankan delegation at the Convention on Monday said Sri Lanka considers Convention on Cluster Munitions as an important instrument that seeks to complement the international legal framework on disarmament.
The statement noted that with the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka and the establishment of a National Unity Government in 2015, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka are fully conscious that "an opportunity has presented itself in the form of re-democratization, good governance and transparency, which needs to be availed of fully in taking decisions that will bring benefits first and foremost to the people of the country. Re-emphasizing our humanitarian disarmament priorities and stabilization of peace and security, form key elements in this regard."
Sri Lanka has consistently maintained that cluster munitions were never used by Sri Lanka's security forces during the conflict, and that they will never be used in the future.
In consultation with stakeholders, agreement has been reached, in principle, for Sri Lanka to accede to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and the Internal processes pertaining to requirements necessary for giving effect to the provisions of the
Convention are currently under discussion, the Ambassador said.
Once the process is completed, the Government of Sri Lanka hopes to deposit the instrument of accession to the CCM in the very near future.
Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) is an international treaty that addresses the humanitarian consequences and unacceptable harm to civilians caused by cluster munitions, through a categorical prohibition and a framework for action.
The Convention prohibits all use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions. In addition, it establishes a framework for cooperation and assistance to ensure adequate care and rehabilitation to survivors and their communities, clearance of contaminated areas, risk reduction education and destruction of stockpiles.