Some 70 countries have gathered in Lima, Peru 23-25 May, to push forward the international process to ban cluster bombs. The process was launched last February in Oslo, Norway, where 46 countries committed to conclude by 2008 a new treaty prohibiting cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians. These countries included major users, producers and stockpilers of the weapons, as well as countries affected by cluster munitions. Host Peru and other leading countries such as Austria, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, and Norway will welcome new countries to the fold, as the process is gathering speed.
LIMA CONFERENCE ON CLUSTER MUNITIONS
CMC PRESS CONFERENCE
At the closing of the Lima Conference on cluster munitions, which was
attended by representatives from 68 governments, as well as civil society
organizations, UN agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross,
the Cluster Munitions Coalition (CMC) will share its views and conclusions
with the press at a
LIMA, HOTEL SHERATON – TRAINING ROOM *LEVEL S1
25 MAY 2007, 13:00 HORAS.
Panellists will include the CMC coordinator Thomas Nash as well as the
Coalition Steering Committee Co chairs, Simon Conway (Landmine Action),
Steve Goose (Human Rights Watch) and Grethe Østern (Norwegian People’s Aid).
The Lima Conference on cluster munitions was the second step in a process,
starter in Oslo in February 2007, aiming at the adoption of a treaty to ban
cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians.
Media contacts: for further information and to arrange interviews with CMC representatives
in Lima, please contact:
– Spanish: Simona Beltrami +511 98095358
– French: Sabrina Montanvert + 511 98834425
– English: Lars Moltenberg Glomnes +511 9053375
Cluster munitions have consistently caused severe and lasting harm and hardship to civilians. Dropped from aircraft or fired from artillery or ground rocket systems, cluster bombs open to disperse hundreds of explosive submunitions (bomblets) over a wide area. Civilians are killed and maimed both on impact, and after attacks, as some of the bomblets inevitably fail to detonate and remain on the ground ready to explode at the slightest disturbance. Civilian cluster casualties continue to occur in Vietnam and Laos more than 30 years after these weapons were used. In Lebanon, where they were widely used during the war last year, they will continue to claim lives and limbs for years to come.
Notes to editors
Interviews can be arranged with members of the Steering Committee of the CMC, technical experts, parliamentarians from various countries, representatives of affected communities, and survivors of cluster munitions. Online resources, press releases, spokespeople, interviewee biographies, pictures and more, can be found by following the media link at http://www.stopclustermunitions.org/