Summary: Non-signatory Armenia says it cannot accede to the convention until its dispute with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh and other occupied territories is resolved. Armenia has participated in several meetings of the convention, but not since 2014. Armenia abstained from the vote on a key United Nations (UN) resolution promoting the convention in December 2017.
Armenia reported in 2012 that it does not produce, export, stockpile, or use cluster munitions, and does not intend to do so. There is credible evidence that cluster munitions were used in Nagorno-Karabakh in April 2016. Armenia and Azerbaijan have both denied using cluster munitions in Nagorno-Karabakh in April 2016 and accused each other of being responsible for this use.
The Republic of Armenia has not acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Armenia has consistently stated that it cannot consider accession unless Azerbaijan also does so and until a settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is reached. Armenia has provided this information to States Parties on several occasions, most recently in 2014.
Armenia did not participate in the Oslo Process that created the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Armenia participated as an observer in the convention’s Meetings of States Parties in 2011–2012, and 2014, as well as intersessional meetings in 2013.
In December 2017, Armenia abstained from the vote on a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution that calls on states outside the Convention on Cluster Munitions to “join as soon as possible.” Armenia abstained from the vote on the first UNGA resolution on cluster munitions in 2015 and 2016.
Armenia has expressed concern at new use of cluster munitions in various conflicts, which it views as “a grave violation” of international humanitarian law.
Armenia has not joined the Mine Ban Treaty and is not party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons.
Use, production, transfer, and stockpiling
Since 2012, Armenia stated several times that it does not produce, export, stockpile, or use cluster munitions, and does not intend to do so. According to independent arms trade research organizations and local media, Armenia acquired six Smerch multi-barrel rocket launchers from Russia in 2016 and 2017, but it’s is not known if they contained a cluster munition payload.
Cluster munition contamination has been identified in Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory claimed by Azerbaijan but under the control of a breakaway governing authority since the 1988–1994 conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. There are also reports of contamination in other parts of occupied Azerbaijan, adjacent to Nagorno-Karabakh, which are under the control of Armenian forces.
There is evidence that at least two types of ground-fired cluster munition rockets were used in Nagorno-Karabakh during the first week of April 2016, during fighting across the line of contact separating local Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces.
On 6 April 2016, a spokesperson from Armenia’s Ministry of Defense issued photographs showing the remnants of 300mm Smerch cluster munition rockets that he claimed Azerbaijan fired into Nagorno-Karabakh. The article stated that, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh “do not possess weaponry of this kind.”
Cluster Munition Monitor was not able to conduct an independent investigation to make a conclusive determination about responsibility for this cluster munition use.
(See the separate profile on Nagorno-Karabakh.)
 Letter No. 19/06300 from Armen Yedigarian, Director, Department of Arms Control and International Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 29 April 2010; and Letter No. 13/15938 from Arman Kirakosian, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC), 5 November 2008. Both letters assert that Azerbaijan “still stores a significant quantity and uses the Cluster Munitions.” As of May 2018, the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia stated, “Azerbaijan is a country which still stores a significant quantity of cluster munitions.”
 In 2014, Armenia said it hopes to join the convention, but not at this time due to the security situation in the southern Caucasus and the “war-like attitude of Azerbaijan.” Statement of Armenia, Convention on Cluster Munitions Fifth Meeting of States Parties, San Jose, 3 September 2014. Notes by the CMC.
 For details on Armenia’s policy and practice regarding cluster munitions through early 2010, see ICBL, Cluster Munition Monitor 2010 (Ottawa: Mines Action Canada, October 2010), pp. 193–194.
 Armenia participated as an observer in the convention’s Meetings of States Parties in 2011–2012, and 2014, as well as intersessional meetings in 2013.
 “Implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions,” UNGA Resolution 72/54, 4 December 2017.
 Statement of Armenia, Convention on Cluster Munitions Fifth Meeting of States Parties, San Jose, 3 September 2014. Notes by the CMC.
 Letter from Samvel Mkrtchian, Department of Arms Control and International Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 13 March 2012; statement of Armenia, Convention on Cluster Munitions Intersessional Meetings, Geneva, 16 April 2013; and statement of Armenia, Convention on Cluster Munitions Fifth Meeting of States Parties, San Jose, 3 September 2014. Notes by the CMC.
 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Arms Trade database report for Armenia by supplier, 2010–2017; and Emil Danielyan, “Russia details fresh arms supply to Armenia,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 19 February 2016.
 Nagorno-Karabakh is not recognized by any UN member state. Prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the parliament of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Province voted in 1988 to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) and join the Armenian SSR, which resulted in armed conflict from 1988–1994. The region declared independence as the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in 1991.
 There are reports of contamination in the Fizuli, Terter, and Tovuz districts. Azerbaijan Campaign to Ban Landmines, “Cluster Munitions in Azerbaijan,” undated.
 “Armenian MOD provides factual proof of prohibited cluster missile use by Azerbaijani army,” ArmenPress, 6 April 2016.