Kyrgyzstan

Cluster Munition Ban Policy

Last updated: 05 September 2023

Summary: Non-signatory Kyrgyzstan adopted the Convention on Cluster Munitions in 2008, but never signed it and has taken no steps to join since then. Kyrgyzstan last participated in a meeting of the convention in 2013. It voted in favor of a key United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution promoting the convention in December 2022.

Kyrgyzstan states that it has never used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions.

Policy

The Kyrgyz Republic has not acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Kyrgyzstan last commented on the convention in an April 2010 letter to the Monitor, when it said that its possible accession to the convention was “under consideration.”[1]

Kyrgyzstan participated in the Oslo Process that created the Convention on Cluster Munitions and joined in the consensus adoption of the convention text in Dublin in May 2008. Yet Kyrgyzstan did not attend the convention’s Signing Conference in Oslo in December 2008.[2]

Kyrgyzstan participated as an observer at the convention’s Meetings of States Parties in 2012 and 2013, but has not attended any meetings of the convention since then.

In December 2022, Kyrgyzstan voted in favor of a key UNGA resolution urging states outside the Convention on Cluster Munitions to “join as soon as possible.”[3] It has voted in favor of the annual resolution promoting the convention since 2016.[4]

Kyrgyzstan is not party to the Mine Ban Treaty or the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW).

Use, production, transfer, and stockpiling

Kyrgyzstan informed the Monitor in 2010 that it has never used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions.[5]



[1] Letter No. 011-14/809 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, 30 April 2010.

[2] For details on Kyrgyzstan’s policy and practice regarding cluster munitions through early 2010, see ICBL, Cluster Munition Monitor 2010 (Ottawa: Mines Action Canada, October 2010), p. 225.

[3]Implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions,” UNGA Resolution 77/79, 7 December 2022.

[4] Kyrgyzstan abstained from the vote on the first UNGA resolution promoting the convention in 2015.

[5] Letter No. 011-14/809 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, 30 April 2010.