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Statement during May 2019 Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict:

“This Council also has a responsibility to find a response to the serious threat posed to civilians by explosive devices, i.e. landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices. Belgium will proceed on this path in the coming months, with concrete initiatives.”

Statement during the August 2016 Security Council open debate on the children and armed conflict:

“Belgium also remains concerned about the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and calls on all parties involved in a conflict to renounce that practice, of which children are the primary victims.”

Statement during January 2016 Security Council Open Debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict:

“Secondly, Belgium fully supports the recommendations of the Secretary-General in each of the areas dealt with in his report of 18 June 2015 (S/2015/453), namely, strengthening respect for international law; humanitarian access; the use of explosive devices in populated areas; the identification and registration of civilian casualties; displaced persons; and the role of the Security Council on the protection of civilians.”

Statement during June 2015 Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict:

“In that context, Belgium would also like to reiterate its concern over the use of explosive weapons — particularly in densely populated regions — and calls on all parties to armed conflict to renounce their use.”

Statement during February 2014 Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict:

“The Syrian Government is bombing certain locations with barrels containing explosives, thus killing many civilians, including children. However, the use of indiscriminate explosive weapons in populated areas violates the rules and principles of international humanitarian law, as the Secretary-General noted in his report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.”

Statement during the September 2012 Security Council Debate on Children and Armed Conflict:

“Belgium also shares the concern of the Secretary-General and the Special Representative concerning the use of explosive weapons, especially in densely populated areas. We deplore that explosive weapons have been used in direct physical attacks against schools and hospitals. Those acts constitute a grave violation of children’s rights. Belgium strongly supports the concrete recommendations made by the Special Representative regarding the use of explosive weapons with wide-area effect in populated areas, and calls for the universalization of the relevant international instruments, including the Conventions on the prohibition of antipersonnel mines and cluster munitions.”

As a member of the European Union (EU):

EU statement during May 2019 Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict:

“We recognise the challenges associated with the use of explosive weapons in densely populated areas and their impact on civilians.”

EU statement during the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly First Committee, 2017:

“We recognise the challenges associated with the use of explosive weapons and munitions in densely populated areas and their potential impact on civilians and call on all parties to armed conflict to fully comply with International Humanitarian Law.”

The EU Aligned with World Humanitarian Summit Core Commitments to ‘Uphold the Norms that Safeguard Humanity’, May 2016, including:

“Commit to promote and enhance the protection of civilians and civilian objects, especially in the conduct of hostilities, for instance by working to prevent civilian harm resulting from the use of wide-area explosive weapons in populated areas, and by sparing civilian infrastructure from military use in the conduct of military operations.”

EU Statement during the August 2013 Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict:

“We continue to be very preoccupied by the humanitarian impact of the use of weapons in densely populated areas. We take note of the view expressed by the ICRC that the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area must be avoided in densely populated areas.”

EU Statement during the June 2012 Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict:

“…we furthermore continue to be very preoccupied by the humanitarian impact of the use of weapons in densely populated areas. We take note of the view expressed by the ICRC that the use of explosive weapons with a wide area impact should be avoided in densely populated areas. This issue should be addressed in a more systematic and proactive way.”

EU Statement during the May 2011 Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict:

“Despite all efforts, civilians continue to be victims of disproportionate attacks, deliberate targeting and the indiscriminate use of weapons. Explosive weapons used in populated areas have a high humanitarian impact on civilians and civilian infrastructure.”

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