Minister Roche's Address to Conference on Explosive Remnants of War and Development
Mr. Dick Roche, T.D. the Minister for European Affairs today opened an International Conference on Explosive Remnants of War and Development in Dublin Castle.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is hosting the Conference in Dublin Castle between 23 and 25 April. The Conference which is being organised by Pax Christi, Ireland will provide a forum for governments, international and non-governmental organisations, researchers, representatives of the media and other experts to exchange views on the subject of Explosive Remnants of War. The Conference is being funded by Ireland Aid together with the Governments of Austria, Canada, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden
In the opening address Minister Roche emphasised that “the pursuit of a reduction of the threat posed by the use and manufacture of inhumane weapons is a key objective of Irish foreign policy……. Ireland strongly supports and wishes to contribute to the development of international controls to reduce the suffering caused by unexploded ordnance and other explosive remnants of war.”
Note for Editors:
Negotiations in the framework of the United Nations System on Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) take place in the context of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) adopted in 1980. In December 2002 States Parties agreed to give a mandate to a Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) to negotiate a new instrument on “post conflict remedial measures of a generic nature which reduce the risks of explosive remnants of war.” The Co-ordinator of the GGE on ERW, Ambassador Chris Sanders together with a representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross and representatives of several NGO's active in the field will address the Conference.