As the U.S. gives cluster bombs to Ukraine—and as the Biden administration reportedly moves to send longer-range missiles armed with them to Kyiv—three nations this week said they’ve finished destroying their stockpiles of the internationally banned weapons amid renewed calls for more countries to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
The 11th meeting of parties to the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), to which 112 nations are party, wrapped up Thursday in Geneva on a high note as Bulgaria, Slovakia, and South Africa announced that they have completed the destruction of a combined 9,582 bombs and 585,422 bomblets. South Africa is the only country that once possessed but gave up both nuclear weapons and cluster bombs.
“Countries that have joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to destroy their stockpiles, clear remnants, and oppose the weapon’s use,” said Human Rights Watch acting arms director Mary Wareham, who played a key role in the CCM’s success.
This week Bulgaria, Slovakia & South Africa formally completed their obligation to destroy cluster munition stocks, destroying a combined total of 9,582 cluster munitions + 585,422 submunitions – @hrw: https://t.co/kRYF0AATRR 📸🇧🇬 @isuccm #CCM11MSP #GoodNews pic.twitter.com/tb7jZuBsLm
— Mary Wareham (@marywareham) September 14, 2023