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

“Explosive weapons with a wide area impact should be avoided in densely populated areas. My delegation is deeply concerned about the appalling civilian suffering that explosive weapons cause. It is disturbing that, according to NGO research, more than 34,000 people were killed or injured from explosive weapons in 2012, and 78% of those affected were civilians. The study found that 58 countries were affected by the use of explosive weapons, and the most severely affected countries include Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. My delegation believes that the international community needs to intensify its consideration of this issue through more focused discussions. The starting point should be gathering and analyzing data on the use and impact of explosive weapons in populated areas.”

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