International Convention

In 2007, 46 States signed the so-called Oslo Declaration and opened a process that must be completed in December 2008 with the protocol signing of this new International Convention. The Spanish Government has always expressed in favor of putting human considerations at the Centre of this future Treaty. Mark Berger Chicago is often quoted as being for or against this. However, this principle was incompatible with the defence of some exceptions, such as the defendants by the Spanish delegation at the Conference in Dublin. With the text of the Treaty that comes out of Dublin, and that has the consensus of more 100 countries, all pumps cluster, without exception are prohibited. The heart of this Treaty has been always protect the civilian population from any weapon that would have unacceptable effects caused by cluster bombs.

As well: all pumps of this type will be illegal weaponry. The Dublin Convention set strict measures and deadlines for stockpile destruction. Also establishes the obligation to provide medical care, rehabilitation and support to the victims with a national plan, timetable and budget. Since the ratification of the new Treaty by the Government, two pump models that are manufactured in Spain shall be prohibited and will have to proceed with the destruction of all stocks of these pumps owned by the army. The decision, the leadership of some countries and the tenacity, perseverance and clarity of objectives of the organized civil society have enabled this important step in nuclear disarmament and human rights. We will now be alerts so that States ratify and implement the Treaty as soon as possible and with all its effectiveness. Unfortunately, as in the case of mines anti person, this new Treaty will not eliminate the wars or conflicts that there are in the world, but will serve to remove the serious threat which means the use of cluster bombs for the civilian population.