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  • 15/11/2016
  • 10:30
  • Press release
  • 656/16
  • Foreign affairs & international relations

The Council adopted conclusions welcoming the upcoming fifth review conference of the Convention on prohibitions or restrictions on the use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be deemed to be excessively injurious or to have indiscriminate effects (CCW) taking place in Geneva from 12-16 December 2016.

The Council confirmed that the conference represents an opportunity to keep the Convention responsive to new developments and strengthen its implementation.

The CCW is a unique international forum gathering diplomatic, legal and military expertise. It offers a flexible way to respond to new developments in weapons technologies and to support the implementation of an essential part of international humanitarian law which contributes to preventing and reducing the suffering of both civilians and combatants.