Human rights organisation Amnesty International urged Slovakia's government on Friday, July 30, to sign the Convention on Cluster Munitions which entered into force on Sunday (August 1).
Among the 107 countries who are signatories to the convention is a majority of member states of the European Union, which Slovakia joined in 2004, according to Martina Mazurová, campaign coordinator of the Slovak unit of the international NGO. The European Union has called on all member states to adopt the treaty by the end of 2010.
The Slovak Defence Ministry recommends that Slovakia should take part in the convention, but only when the country is able to meet the commitments included in it, ministry spokesman Richard Sumeghy told the TASR newswire. "The ban on producing cluster bombs has serious financial implications that have to be properly taken into account when preparing participation in the convention," Sumeghy said.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. Aug 2010 at 14:00