CCW Treaty

U.S. Opening Statement at the Meeting of Parties to the CCW

The United States believes there is value in discussing lethal fully autonomous weapons systems in the CCW.

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U.S. Opening Statement at 15th Conference of Parties to CCW Amended Protocol II

This year the U.S. celebrates a milestone: 20 years of the dedicated multi-agency effort to mitigate the harmful effects of conventional weapons.

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Opening Statement at the 14th Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II to the CCW

The United States continues to demonstrate its commitment to address the potential humanitarian consequences caused by landmine use

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Opening Statement at the Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the CCW

The United States places great value in CCW as a framework that brings together States with diverse national security interests; we all share the collective goal of balancing military necessity with real concern for the humanitarian consequences of certain conventional weapons.

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CCW Expert Group Seeks Ways to Reduce Humanitarian Impact of Anti-Vehicle Mines

U.S. ready to restart work within CCW on a new MOTAPM protocol, if it appears that consensus is possible.

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U.S. Deeply Disappointed by CCW’s Failure to Conclude Procotol on Cluster Munitions

The protocol would have led to the immediate prohibition of many millions of cluster munitions; placed the remaining cluster munitions under a detailed set of restrictions and regulations; and subjected member states to a detailed list of additional obligations on issues such as clearance, transparency and destruction, all of which would have led to a substantial humanitarian impact on the ground.

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CCW Protocol on Cluster Munitions Would Have Immediate and Tangible Humanitarian Effect

CCW Protocol would not dimnish or detract from the Oslo Convention, and would be a significant step toward a goal everyone shares, which is to address comprehensively the humanitarian impact of cluster munitions.

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Now is the Time to Conclude a Legally Binding CCW Protocol on Cluster Munitions

A CCW protocol on Cluster Munitions offers the only chance of bringing the world’s major cluster munitions users and producers — who represent between 85 and 90 percent of the world’s cluster munitions stockpiles, and are not in a position to join the Oslo Convention — into a legally binding set of prohibitions and regulations.

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U.S. Believes CCW Protocol that Provides Substantial Humanitarian Impact on the Ground is an Achievable Goal

“The United States continues to believe that a CCW Protocol on Cluster Munitions that provides a substantial humanitarian impact on the ground is an essential and achievable goal. A CCW Protocol along the lines of the Chair’s text that imposes meaningful requirements on the countries that are the major users and producers of cluster munitions and who hold approximately 90% of the world’s stockpiles would be an important and undeniable step forward from a humanitarian viewpoint —with the effect of immediately prohibiting more than 2 million U.S. cluster munitions alone.”

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Group of Governmental Experts Meeting: U.S. Opening Statement

The United States remains committed to reaching an agreement on a legally binding protocol in the CCW to mitigate the humanitarian impact to civilian populations resulting from the use of cluster munitions. You of course have our full support as you lead us in this endeavor this week.

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