Binalakshmi Nepram

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  • Binalakshmi Nepram is Founder-Secretary-General of the Control Arms Foundation of India. The writer was present at most of the negotiations of the several diplomatic conferences on cluster munitions held throughout 2008 until the signing of the treaty on December 3, 2008, in Oslo.

    Taking Strength from the Past in Securing India’s Future

    India’s earlier leadership in Biological and Chemical Weapons Convention and the need to take a pro-active role in ongoing UN Process for an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

    India and the Convention on Cluster Munitions

    On May 30, 2008, the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) was adopted by 107 countries at a diplomatic conference in Dublin, Ireland. However, India was not a party to this Convention. The signing of the Convention took place in Oslo on December 3, 2008. It bans the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of cluster munitions, and places obligations on countries to clear affected areas, assist victims, and destroy stockpiles.

    July 2009

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