Brussels, 10 July 2023 (TDI): Belgium has expressed its concern and taken note of the recent decision by the United States to supply cluster munitions to Ukraine.

As a committed State Party to the Oslo Convention on Cluster Munitions, Belgium remains steadfast in its pledge not to produce or utilize cluster munitions and actively discourages their use.

Cluster munitions pose a significant threat due to their indiscriminate nature, which can contaminate vast areas without distinguishing between civilian and military targets.

Moreover, the humanitarian consequences of cluster munitions can persist long after the conflict has ended, causing continued human suffering.

Belgium emphasizes the growing international consensus on the unacceptability of cluster munitions, as evidenced by the 111 States that have joined the Oslo Convention.

In light of the above convention, Belgium urges those nations that have not yet done so to sign and ratify the Convention, further strengthening the global resolve against cluster munitions.

Belgium calls upon all parties involved in conflicts to exercise restraint and refrain from using cluster munitions.

Furthermore, it emphasizes the importance of adhering to the principles of International Humanitarian Law, which include distinguishing between combatants and the civilian population and taking constant care to protect civilians and civilian objects.

Previously, the EU had welcomed the decision by the US to destroy its stockpile of chemical weapons.

Belgium also emphasizes its continued support for Ukraine in its self-defense against Russia’s illegal and unprovoked aggression.

However, Belgium remains dedicated to assisting Ukraine in its efforts to ensure peace and stability within its borders.

Belgium urges all parties to prioritize diplomatic solutions and dialogue to de-escalate tensions.

Additionally, Belgium urges the international community to work together to uphold the principles of international law, protect civilian lives, and promote peace and stability in the region.

Belgium’s reaction to the US’s supply of munition comes at a time when the Russia-Ukraine war reaches new heights.