18 June 2009
Spain and Albania push cluster bomb ban ratifications into double figures
|Photo: UN Treaty Section|
On 16th and 17th June, Albania and Spain both deposited their instrument of ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions at the United Nations in New York, becoming respectively the 9th and 10th countries to ratify.Just five days after Jamaica and Nigeria signed the treaty, which has already gathered 98 signatories since opening for signature in December last year, these ratifications show the continuing strong momentum behind the treaty banning cluster bombs. Now just 20 more countries must ratify the treaty to reach the threshold of 30 required for it to enter into force and take full legal effect.