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17 December 2014

Grenada Joins Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

NEW YORK, 17 December (Office for Disarmament Affairs) — Grenada is the latest country to join the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

This was warmly welcomed by Ambassador Remigiusz Henczel of Poland, Ambassador Päivi Kairamo of Finland and Ambassador Katerina Sequensova of the Czech Republic as the 2014 Presidents of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, Amended Protocol II and Protocol V.

In welcoming Grenada as the 119th High Contracting Party to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), the Presidents stated, “Grenada’s accession to the CCW demonstrates that both small and large countries can contribute to the strengthening of international humanitarian law”.

On 10 December, Grenada deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons; and consented to be bound by the Amendment to Article 1 of the Convention; Amended Protocol II on mines, booby traps and other devices; Protocol IV on blinding laser weapons; and Protocol V on explosive remnants of war.

The objective of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons is to prohibit or restrict the use of weapons that cause unnecessary suffering or which have indiscriminate effects.  The Convention is a framework treaty, which provides the legal rules for joining the regime and its entry into force.  It is the Protocols that set out the specific prohibitions or rules concerning the use of a weapon.  The Convention's five Protocols address weapons that cause non-detectable fragments in the human body; mines, booby traps and other devices; incendiary weapons; blinding laser weapons; and preventing and remedying the harm caused by explosive remnants of war.

For further information or media inquiries, please contact Hine-Wai Loose, Political Affairs Officer, CCW Implementation Support Unit, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, Palais des Nations, Geneva, at tel.: +41 22 917 1203.

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