Minister Reynders on the use of cluster munitions in Syria

date: 17 October 2012

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is especially disturbed by reports over the use of cluster munitions during air raids by the Syrian authorities. This type of weapon, of which the humanitarian damage is unacceptable and leaves traces long after the conflict is over, causes excessive suffering among the civilian population.

Belgium was the first country in the world to introduce a law banning cluster munitions and is also a major advocate for the universalisation of the international Convention on Cluster Munitions. This Convention came into effect in 2010 and is now supported by 111 countries. Didier Reynders therefore calls on the Syrian authorities to not add to the already very deplorable conditions for the civilian population by using weapons that are contrary to a widely supported humanitarian standard.