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Cluster bomb ban on track to become international law soon

Global treaty hits halfway mark as Croatia ratifies ban

(London, 18 August 2009) The international treaty banning cluster bombs has passed the half-way milestone to the 30 ratifications needed for it to become binding international law. The UN confirmed today that Croatia became the fifteenth country to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions by depositing its legal instrument at the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.

“By ratifying the treaty swiftly, countries have shown their commitment to humanitarian concerns and we commend them for that,” said Eva Veble of DanChurchAid, member of the Cluster Muniton Coalition. “We call on all signatories to follow suit and ratify without delay to ensure that the life-saving provisions of this convention become binding international law as soon as possible,” she added.

Croatia has been affected by cluster bombs. At least seven civilians were killed and more than 200 wounded in cluster munitions attacks on the capital of Zagreb on 2-3 May 1995. The country has a small stockpile of cluster munitions, inherited from the Former Yugoslavia.

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