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Statement during the June 2016 Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict:

“When an end to violence is not possible, respect for international law is crucial to ensuring that human suffering is minimized. States and non-State armed groups have the duty to protect, not target, civilians and civilian objects, and to facilitate, not hinder, the delivery of humanitarian assistance. In that sense, the use of explosive weapons in populated areas is especially concerning.”

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

“We also call on the parties to conflicts to honour their obligations in refraining from the use of explosive weapons in densely populated areas.”

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