States Parties hail Lanka’s leadership to disarmament | Sunday Observer

States Parties hail Lanka’s leadership to disarmament

8 September, 2019

The ninth Meeting of States Parties (MSP) to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) concluded its deliberations in Geneva on Wednesday (4) under the Presidency of Sri Lanka.

States Parties, signatories, observer states and international and civil society organisations participated in the three-day meeting which convened its first session on September 2.

The MSP, chaired by Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, marked the culmination of a year-long process of oversight and review of the implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions and of guidance and advocacy for the universalisation of the Convention and its norms, and the prohibition of use, production, stockpile and transfer of cluster munitions.

During Sri Lanka’s Presidency, a number of progressive measures were taken to advance the key objectives of the Convention. Universalization of the Convention and its norms, Risk Reduction Education and Transparency Reporting constituted its main focus, while progress on other thematic areas including Clearance, Stockpile Destruction and Retention, International Cooperation and Assistance, and Victim Assistance was also achieved.

The States Parties decided to designate Switzerland as the President of the Second Review Conference of the CCM to be held in 2020 and the United Kingdom as the President of the Tenth MSP of the Conference to be held in 2021. Following the conclusion of the meeting, Switzerland received the flag of the Convention from Sri Lanka – an act symbolizing the change of presidency.

The delegation of Sri Lanka, participating in its national capacity, had made interventions under the themes of Universalization and Risk Reduction Education. It was stressed that the decision to accede to the CCM in March 2018 was a strong manifestation of Sri Lanka’s commitment and perseverance to achieve tangible results in humanitarian disarmament, with the Sri Lanka military leading the initiative that led to this decision. Sri Lanka also updated the meeting on its compliance with the reporting requirements under the convention and the process being undertaken to explore the adequacy of existing legal provisions to effectively implement the Convention nationally.

It was also highlighted that the significant progress achieved by Sri Lanka in mine clearance has strengthened confidence in the country’s continuing pursuit of humanitarian disarmament.

The delegation of Sri Lanka to the MSP include, Deputy Permanent Representative Dayani Mendis, Military Liaison Officer of the Ministry of Defence Brigadier Jagath Kodithuwakku and officers of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva.