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

“Explosive Weapons in populated areas To conclude, we take note of the international discussion on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. We view the challenges posed by this topic in the light of International Humanitarian Law and compliance therewith. The Netherlands believes it is of the utmost importance to promote compliance and to ensure that the principles of IHL are respected.”

Statement during the Review Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, December 2016:

“Thirdly, on explosive weapons in populated areas (or EWIPA): the Netherlands welcomes International discussions on these weapons focusing on concrete and practical measures to limit casualties and damage. Much will depend on the exact circumstances and context in which weapons are used. Therefore, we believe it important that International humanitarian law Is respected. We are open to share best practices on the application of existing law.”

Statement during UN General Assembly First Committee Debate on Conventional Weapons, October 2016:

“We support the international discussion on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. In our view this discussion should focus on concrete and practical measures in order to limit casualties and damage. Important is that international humanitarian law is respected.”

Statement during UN General Assembly First Committee Debate on Conventional Weapons, October 2015:

“We welcome the international discussion on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. This discussion should focus on concrete and practical measures in order to limit casualties and damage. Much will depend on the exact circumstances and context in which weapons will be used. Important is that international humanitarian law is respected. We are open to share best practices on the application of existing law.”

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.”

Statement during the Conventional Weapons Debate of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly First Committee, 2014

“The emerging international discussion on the use of large caliber explosive weapons in populated areas is welcomed by the Netherlands. We think this discussion is important and should continue. In our view this discussion should focus on concrete and practical measures in order to limit casualties and damage. Much will depend on the exact circumstances and context in which weapons will be used.”

As a member of the European Union (EU):

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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