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UN chief draws attention to humanitarian impact of explosive devices

11-25-2010 15:04 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday called on the international community to pay more attention to the devastating humanitarian impact of deadly explosive devices.

The statement came in a message to mark the 12th annual conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons that took place in Geneva, Switzerland.

Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva and Secretary- general of the Conference on Disarmament Sergei Ordzhonikidze delivered the message on behalf of Ban, UN officials said here.

Ban told parties to the Convention that "more attention should be paid to the protection of civilians and to the humanitarian impact of improvised explosive devices."

At present 95 states have consented to be bound by the Convention.

"With every new state that agrees to adhere to the Protocol, we increase our chances of preventing future tragedies," the secretary-general added.

Adopted by the UN in 1980, the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and its three annexed protocols comprise a global pact banning the use of specific types of deadly weapons, including mines, booby-traps and other explosive devices against civilians.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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