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The Republic of Somalia signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Oslo on 3 December 2008.[1] The status of the ratification process is not known.

Somalia was present for only one of the four Oslo Process international diplomatic conferences in 2007 and 2008 to develop the convention text—in Vienna in December 2007, where it did not make any statements. It also was absent from the two African regional meetings, and did not participate in the formal negotiations in Dublin in May 2008.[2]

Somalia is not believed to have used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions. Somalia is not party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons.

[1] The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mohamed Jama Ali, signed the convention. He did not make a statement.

[2] While not at the Wellington conference in February 2008, Somalia endorsed the Wellington Declaration on 15 May 2008 as a prerequisite to full participation in the Dublin negotiations; the declaration committed states to negotiate in Dublin on the basis of the draft Wellington text.