Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Cambodia News  >>   Politics  >>   Cambodia, Thailand to join cluster bomb treaty
NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs         2  July 2011

Cambodia, Thailand to join cluster bomb treaty

Related Stories

June 30, 2011
Thailand-Cambodia border dispute flares

June 20, 2011
Promises, handouts fly in Thai campaign

June 16, 2011
Cambodians and Thai restore pagoda

June 4, 2011
Cambodia fails on free speech

May 9,2011
Thailand, Cambodia at loggerheads

May 7, 2011
Thai PM Abhisit submits dissolution decree

May 4, 2011
Thai cabinet spends before elections

Cambodia and Thailand, which were recently embroiled in a border spat during which cluster bombs were allegedly used, have announced plans to ratify the treaty that bans such weapons, activists said Friday.

The countries announced their intentions to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions during a four-day meeting in Geneva which brought together more than 80 states, as well as representatives of civil society, UN aid agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

"This last week, most notably, both Thailand and Cambodia indicated their intention to join in the near future," said Steve Goose, who is from the Cluster Munition Coalition which groups over 350 non-governmental groups.

"This is significant and somewhat remarkable in that early this year Thailand was firing cluster munitions in Cambodia in their border dispute," added Goose.

This week's meeting in Geneva also heard delegations, including those of Australia, Britain, Mexico, New Zealand and Norway, condemn the use of such weapons in the ongoing Libyan conflict.

"We have a lot of countries who were condemning the use of these weapons especially by Libya ... including and most notably Spain who has provided those cluster munitions to Libya back to 2008," said Goose.

Some 109 countries have signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which entered into force on August 1 last year, and which requires signatories to stop the use, production and transfer of the deadly weapons.

Cluster munitions split open before impact and scatter multiple -- often hundreds -- of smaller submunitions, or plastic bomblets, the size and shape of a tennis ball or a table lighter over a wide area.

Many of them fail to explode immediately and can lie hidden for years, killing and maiming civilians, including children, even decades after the original conflict is over in countries such as Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

However, China, Israel, Russia and the United States are among countries that have not signed the convention.

Those powers are thought to hoard and manufacture the bulk of the munitions, although the data is secret.


Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
  Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below




1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Today's  Stories    2  July  2011 Subsribe Now !
• Cambodia, Thailand to join cluster bomb treaty Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• Sand dredging chaos in Cambodia Asean Affairs Premium
• Indonesia grows more rice
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

•Textiles and Garments Industry

•Coffee industry

•Leather and footwear industry

•Shrimp industry

• Indonesian inflation down
• Energy find may be behind China’s behavior
• Democrats stress fiscal accountability
• PT expects more than 250 seats
• Large-scale farming comes to Vietnam p

Asean Analysis    3  July  2011

Advertise Your Brand
• WEEKLY SUMMARY Sponsor Our Events

Asean Stock Watch    July  2011 

• Asean Stock Watch-June 1 p

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent

• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore
• Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline
• Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More


Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

| Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy  | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2006-2020 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand