Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed a new international agreement prohibiting the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of all cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to others. The UK will now work to encourage the widest possible international support for the new Convention.
David Hanson said:
“I welcome this break-through agreement which builds on the UK’s leadership on landmines and the Arms Trade Treaty.
“Cluster munitions have raised humanitarian concerns because they scatter ‘sub-munitions’ over an area, and because those sub-munitions can have a high failure rate.
“Up to 60 per cent of the victims of cluster munitions in southeast Asia are children.
“Currently, the UK spends around £10 million per annum on clearing mines and explosive remnants of war, including unexploded cluster munitions.
“Our support provides immediate relief to civilian populations from the threat posed by cluster munitions which have failed to detonate, and enable post-conflict reconstruction and development.
“For the UK the agreement will mean we will have to take out of service the two types of Cluster Munition we currently retain, including the M85 artillery weapon and the M73, part of a weapons system for Apache helicopters. The UK does not produce or export any cluster munitions.
“I will be working closely with the Government to ensure that we get the widest possible international support for the new Convention’