Japan's foreign minister to ink international deal on Cluster Munitions (Japan)
The government is set to dispatch Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone to attend the Signing Conference of the new Convention on Cluster Munitions to be held in Oslo on Dec. 3, government sources said.
By dispatching the foreign minister to sign the convention, Japan intends to demonstrate its willingness to play a key role in banning cluster bombs as part of its contribution to world peace, following the nation's efforts to rid the world of anti-personnel landmines.
The draft convention was adopted during the Oslo Process arms reductions talks led by Norway and other countries, as well as nongovernmental organizations, in May, with the support of 107 countries, including Japan, Britain, Germany and France. NGOs involved in the process said more than 100 countries will sign the new treaty.
The government is examining the draft to see if Japan's obligations under the convention are consistent with domestic laws. It intends to submit a ratification bill to the Diet as early as January next year.
Japan is ready to employ its bomb-disposal techniques to help remove cluster munitions after the Diet ratifies the convention.
(Mainichi Japan) November 14, 2008
Von: 14.11.2008, http://mdn.mainichi.jp/