Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs on Alleged Use of Cluster Bombs in Georgia
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin T.D., has expressed his deep concern at reports that cluster bombs were used by Russian forces in Georgia, causing a number of civilian casualties.
The Minister said: “While the facts are still in dispute, the detailed reports that cluster bombs have been used in the conflict in Georgia are deeply disturbing. Ireland totally condemns the use of these appalling and indiscriminate weapons in all circumstances, which is why we have taken a lead in efforts to promote a worldwide ban through the Cluster Munitions Convention agreed in Dublin in May.”
“More generally, it is essential that the agreement brokered between Russia and Georgia be implemented in full and without further delay, in particular as regards the withdrawal of Russian troops.”
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