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All States should ban cluster bombs

· Holy Father expresses hope that more States will adhere ·

Cluster bombs “cause unacceptable damage to civilians”, the Holy Father said at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo after the Angelus on 1 August, when the ban on “these insidious explosive devices” came into force.

I would like to express my deep pleasure at the entry into force, on this very day, of the Convention on cluster bombs that cause unacceptable damage to civilians.

My first thought goes to the many victims who have suffered and continue to suffer serious physical and moral damage, even to the point of losing their lives, because of these insidious explosive devices whose presence on earth often causes long delays in the resumption of their daily activities by entire communities.

With the entry into force of the new Convention to which I urge all States to adhere, the International Community has been proof of wisdom, farsightedness and skill in pursuing an important result in the field of disarmament and international human rights. My hope and encouragement is that we may continue with ever greater vigour on this path, for the defence of dignity and human life, for the promotion of integral human development, for the establishment of a peaceful international order and for the realization of the common good of all people and all peoples.

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