Ukraine refrains from signing Convention on Cluster Ammunition Ban: Foreign Ministry
Ukraine, Kiev, Dec. 11 / corr. Trend Z. Novsvitski/ Presently, Ukraine refrains from signing the International Convention on Cluster Ammunition Ban (CA), the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in regards with beginning of signing of the Convention by Kiev
"The introduction of new global ban regime including the whole range of armament must be based on the principle of its obligatory universal use, according to the Ukrainian reports. So, presently, Kiev refrained from signing this document," Foreign Ministry said.
The international conference within the so called Oslo process was held on Dec. 3-4, 2008 in Oslo ( Norway). The purpose of the conference is to introduce international ban regime of applying, producing, transmitting and keeping cluster ammunition.
The commencement meeting concerning signing of Convention on cluster ammunition ban was held at the conference. It is a legally binding international agreement including 94 countries in the sphere of cluster ammunition ban.
Most of the countries - producers of cluster ammunition flatly opposed to introduce ban regime of CA and didn't take part in working out and adoption of Convention on cluster ammunition, according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. There isn't any consensus in regards with this document and within the EU, according to reports.
At the same time Ukraine positively considers some countries' will to abandon CA use as means of conducting military operations because CA is legal arms and its use isn't banned by international human law procedures, according to Foreign Ministry.
So, Kiev insists on searching the balance between secure UN Charter essential part to ensure national security and take into account anxiety of some countries in connection with significant humanitarian outcomes of CA use, according to Ministry.
At the same time Ukraine strongly backs group of governmental experts in regards with cluster ammunition in the frame work of UN Convention on inhumane arms dated Oct. 10 1980. It directed to work out a comprehensive legally binding document which will regulate all the possible aspects of CA use as well as in the sphere of international humanitarian law, Foreign Ministry said.
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