Today in New York Secretary of State Vincenzo Scotti filed Italy’s instrument of ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.The Convention was opened to ratification in Oslo on 3 December 2008 and has been signed by 108 States. With Italy’s ratification the States Parties become 64. Italy was an original member of the group of countries promoting the convention, and strongly supports its universal adoption.
Italian ratification was made possible through the joint efforts of the government, the parliament and the civil society.
With this ratification Italy confirms its humanitarian commitment, and more specifically, to putting an end to the unacceptable suffering of civilian populations as a result of cluster munitions.
By this act Italy becomes a party to all existing international juridical instruments banning weapons with inhuman effects: the Ottowa Anti-Personnel Mine Convention, the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW) and its five protocols, and this, the Oslo Convention on Cluster Munitions.