“The sooner these terrible weapons are abolished the better, so this is a very welcome step,” says Richard MacCormac, head of Humanitarian Mine Action in DCA.
Presently, DCA is clearing cluster munitions in Lebanon and has for long time pushed for Denmark to destroy its stockpile of cluster munitions.
”We know that these weapons kill indiscriminately and are the root of major suffering in the civil populations in the countries where they are used,” says Richard MacCormac.
The international coalition against cluster bomb, Cluster Munition Coalition, is also praising Denmark’s commitment to the convention.
“We urge all other states to follow Denmark’s example to ensure all stockpiles of cluster munitions are taken out of circulation and can never be used again,” says director Sarah Blakemore.
Next step: Ban on investments
With the destruction of its own stockpile, Denmark has fulfilled its obligations in relation to the Convention on Cluster Munitions and naturally that also evokes delight in the government.
“It sends a strong signal that Denmark has now destroyed our entire operational stockpile of cluster munitions. Cluster bombs are inhumane weapons which all countries should abolish as soon as possible. Our work does not end here. All states outside the Convention on Cluster Munition must join the convention in order to ensure a total and global ban. In close partnership with likeminded countries and Danish and International humanitarian organisations, we will continue our joint efforts towards a world free from cluster bombs,” says the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Martin Lidegaard.
Cluster munitions are still in use in Syria so DCA agrees with the minister that the fight against the weapon is not won yet. DCA believes that next step towards a world free of cluster bombs should be to introduce a ban on investments in the producers of the illegal weapons.
In May 2013 the now former Minister for Business and Growth Annette Vilhelmsen announced her intention of implementing such a ban and DCA is looking forward to the current minister of the resort will announce where the government stands on the subject today.