Mar 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka demonstrating its commitment to the prohibition of cluster munitions has acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) that has been signed by over 100 countries.
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York deposited the instrument of accession to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 1st March 2018 joining the increasing number of States that have undertaken to ban the weapon.
In accordance with its article 17 (2), the Convention will enter into force for Sri Lanka on 1 September 2018.
The Convention on Cluster Munitions is a humanitarian imperative-driven legal instrument which prohibits all use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions.
By ratifying or acceding to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, States Parties commit to never use, produce, stockpile or transfer cluster munitions.
"Sri Lanka's accession to the Convention is a reflection of the country’s recognition of the widespread and long-term impact of such weapons and their negative consequences for economic and social development, particularly in former conflict affected areas. It also signifies Sri Lanka's continuous commitment to multilateral efforts in the field of disarmament," the Permanent Mission said.
President Maithripala Sirisena, as the Minister of Defiance, obtained the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers to accede to the Convention.
The Sri Lankan Campaign to Ban Landmines (SLCBL), led by its Coordinator, Mr. Vidya Abhayagunawardena, spared no efforts in advocating for the government of Sri Lanka to accede.
The Presidency of the Eighth Meeting of States Parties (8MSP), Nicaragua, warmly welcomed Sri Lanka as the 103 State Party to the CCM and encourages other States that have not ratified or acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions to consider joining the Convention as a matter of priority.
Sri Lanka is not known to have produced or exported cluster munitions. Sri Lankan officials have repeatedly stated that its armed forces do not possess cluster munitions and have never used the weapons.
In South Asia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan must still join the Convention on Cluster Munitions.