Sri Lanka to accede to the International Convention on Cluster Munitions


Demonstrating Sri Lanka's commitment not to use cluster munitions for sustainable peace and stability through humanitarian disarmament, the government has decided to accede to the Convention on Cluster Munitions that has been signed by 108 countries.

Although various parties have made allegations that Sri Lanka used cluster bombs during the armed conflicts, there is no evidence that Sri Lankan security forces had used cluster munitions, a recent statement on cabinet decisions said.

"Sri Lanka has never used cluster numitions during the war and the Government of Sri Lanka is of the stance that cluster munitions will not be used in the future either," the statement said.

Accordingly, a proposal presented by President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as, Minister of Defense, to accede to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, received the cabinet approval.

The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) prohibits all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of Cluster Munitions. The CCM was adopted in Dublin on 30 May 2008. The Convention entered into force on 1 August 2010 and became binding international law after ratified by 30 States had ratified it.

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