Cluster Munitions

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th January 2017.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on whether the use of cluster munitions is always a contravention of international humanitarian law.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

Whether he use of cluster munitions is in contravention of international humanitarian law is a matter of law, not policy. The use of cluster munitions by States which are not State Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions is not in itself unlawful provided that they are not used in a contravention of international humanitarian law. The UK is a State Party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. We continue to discourage the use of cluster munitions and to urge all non-State Parties to accede to the Convention without delay.

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