15 June 2009
Nigeria and Jamaica join cluster bomb ban treaty
|Ambassador U. Joy Ogwu of Nigeria|
On Friday 12 June, Jamaica and Nigeria became the 97th and 98th signatories of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, just six months after the international treaty opened for signature. Recent signatures and ratifications of the treaty in diverse regions show that consensus around a world free of cluster bombs is growing.Ambassadors U. Joy Ogwu of Nigeria and Raymond Wolfe of Jamaica signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions on behalf of their governments on Friday at the United Nations in New York.
|Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean to sign the treaty. The CMC urges Jamaica as a key regional leader to convince its fellow Caribbean nations to join the treaty. Although no Caribbean state stockpiles cluster munitions, the use of the weapon by the United States in Grenada in 1982 shows that no region of the world is immune to its indiscriminate effects. Today Caribbean states have an opportunity to play an important role in bringing about change in international law by signing and ratifying this crucial treaty.||Ambassador Raymond Wolfe of Jamaica|