Kuwait becomes a part of CCW

Kuwait officially joined the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons by depositing its instrument of accession to the convention, the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs said on Monday.

Kuwait also deposited its instrument of accession to five protocols of the CCW treaty, including protocol I on non-detectable fragments, amended protocol II on the use of booby-traps, mines and other devices, protocol III on the use of incendiary weapons, protocol IV on blinding laser weapons and protocol V on explosive remnants of war.

"By joining the CCW, Kuwait has contributed to the strengthening of international humanitarian law and the protection of civilians from the worst effects of conventional weapons," Jean-Hugues Simon-Michel, the chairperson designate of the 2013 CCW meeting of high contracting parties, said.

Kuwait suffered contamination by land mines and explosive remnants of war during the 1990-1991 Gulf War. The state carried out extensive clearance programs to remove such weapons. The U.N. said Kuwait's experience in overcoming the challenges will be invaluable to the work of the CCW and its protocols.

Last month, the U.N. Security Council eased some sanctions on Iraq over its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Hoshyar Zebari, Iraq's foreign minister, praised the decision to remove sanctions as a historic landmark in relations between Iraq and Kuwait.