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Côte d’Ivorie

Côte d'Ivorie

The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Oslo on 4 December 2008. The status of the ratification process in not known. Côte d’Ivoire is not believed to have used, produced, stockpiled, or transferred cluster munitions.

Côte d’Ivoire participated in only one of the four international Oslo Process conferences to develop the convention text, in Vienna in December 2007.[1] It attended the regional conference in Livingstone in March/April 2008, and endorsed the Livingstone Declaration, calling for a comprehensive treaty with a prohibition that should be “total and immediate.”[2]

During the formal negotiations in Dublin in May 2008, Côte d’Ivoire opposed efforts to weaken the draft treaty text, including the notion of a transition period that would allow the continued use of cluster munitions. [3]

In September 2008, Côte d’Ivoire endorsed the Kampala Action Plan, which declared that states should sign and “take all necessary measures to ratify the convention as soon as possible.”[4] During the Kampala conference, a video message was played from Didier Drogba, football star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, originally from Côte d’Ivoire, urging countries to ban cluster munitions.

Côte d’Ivoire is a not a party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons.[5]

[1] Côte d’Ivoire did not attend the Wellington conference in February 2008, but adopted the Wellington Declaration on 14 April 2008, indicating its intention to be a full participant in the formal negotiations in Dublin in May. New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, “List of countries subscribing to the Declaration of the Wellington Conference on Cluster Munitions,” updated 23 May 2008, www.mfat.govt.nz.

[2] Livingstone Declaration, Livingstone Conference on Cluster Munitions, 1 April 2008.

[3] Statement of Côte d’Ivoire, Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions, 23 May 2008. Notes by Landmine Action.

[4] CMC, “Report on the Kampala Conference on the Convention on Cluster Munitions,” 30 September 2008; and Kampala Action Plan, Kampala Conference, 30 September 2008.

[5] Côte d’Ivoire took part in the work of the Third Review Conference in November 2006 and the 2007 Meeting of the States Parties as an observer. It did not participate in any of the CCW meetings on cluster munitions in 2008.