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Micheal Martin: Ireland had key role in banning cluster bombs

Micheal Martin

Published 02/08/2010 | 05:00

Cluster bomb victims and protesters take part in a demonstration in Dublin in 2008 as a landmark meeting was under way in the capital
Cluster bomb victims and protesters take part in a demonstration in Dublin in 2008 as a landmark meeting was under way in the capital

THE Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), which was adopted in Dublin in 2008 and is the most significant development in international humanitarian law since the 1990s, has this weekend come into force.

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This is a momentous occasion for all those who worked tirelessly to achieve a ban on cluster munitions and, more importantly, for the millions of people whose lives are affected on a daily basis by the horror wrought by these inhumane weapons.

The combined efforts of governments, international organisations and civil society have created an irresistible momentum which will consign these weapons to history.

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