Approves The Protocol On Explosive Remnants Of War (Protocol V) To The Convention On Prohibitions Or Restrictions On The Use Of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed As Producing Excessive Traumatic Effects Or Hurting Indiscriminadame

Original Language Title: Aprova o Protocolo sobre Explosivos Remanescentes de Guerra (Protocolo V) à Convenção sobre a Proibição ou Limitação do Uso de Certas Armas Convencionais Que Podem Ser Consideradas como Produzindo Efeitos Traumáticos Excessivos ou Ferindo Indiscriminadame

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1 RESOLUTION No. 49/X considering how essential the deepening legislative acquis that contemplates the protection of civil society in conflict situations; Recalling that the Convention on Prohibitions or restrictions on the use of certain conventional weapons which may be deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to have indiscriminate effects, incorporating the Protocols I, II and III, was adopted by the United Nations Conference on Prohibitions or restrictions on the use of certain conventional weapons which may be deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to have indiscriminate effects held in Geneva from 10 to 28 September 1979 and from 15 September to 10 October 1980; Whereas, pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 3 of article 5, the Convention and its Protocols I, II and III entered into force on the international legal order in 2 December 1983; Recalling that the Portuguese Republic signed the Convention on 10 April 1981 day, having been approved by Resolution of the Assembly of the Republic n° 1/97 and ratified by Presidential Decree No. 1/97, both published in the Diário da República, 1st Grade-A, paragraph 10, of 13 January 1997; Whereas the Portuguese Republic deposited, on 4 April 1997, with the Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York, the instrument of ratification, deposit this made public by notice No. 219/2000, published in the Diário da República, 1st Grade-A, no. 271, of 23 November 2000, and the Convention entered into force for our country on 4 October 1997 pursuant to paragraph 2 of article 5; Bearing in mind the adverse effects and the humanitarian needs arising from the persistence of explosive remnants of war in conflict scenarios, after the cessation of hostilities; Recognizing, for this same reason, the need to adopt a set of obligations and remedies aimed at minimizing the number of accidental casualties resulting from accidents involving unexploded ordnance during the conflict; 2 Stressing the urgency of still adopting rules that allow for the reduction in the occurrence of explosive remnants of war;

So: under d) of paragraph 1 of article 197 of the Constitution, the Government presents to the Assembly of the Republic the following resolution: to approve the Protocol on explosive remnants of war (Protocol V) to the Convention on Prohibitions or restrictions on the use of certain conventional weapons which may be deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to have indiscriminate effects adopted by the High Contracting Parties to the Meeting of States parties to the Convention on 28 November 2003, the text of which, in its authenticated version in English and Portuguese language translation thereof, if published in the annex.

Seen and approved by the Council of Ministers of 8 March 2007 Prime Minister the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Presidency