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The United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW), concluded at Geneva on October 10, 1980, seeks to prohibit or restrict the use of certain conventional weapons which are considered excessively injurious or that have indiscriminate effects. Jump to: navigation, search The United Nations, or UN, is an international organization established in 1945. ... Jump to: navigation, search Jet dEau in Geneva Geneva (French: Genève) is the second-most populous city in Switzerland, situated where Lake Geneva (known in French as Lac Léman) flows into the Rhône River. ... Jump to: navigation, search October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in Leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1980 (MCMLXXX) is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... A conventional weapon is a weapon that does not incorporate chemical, biological or nuclear payloads. ...

The convention has four protocols:

  • Protocol I restricts fragmentation weapons
  • Protocol II restricts landmines
  • Protocol III restricts incendiary weapons
  • Protocol IV (adopted in 1995) restricts blinding laser weapons

As of 2001, 89 nations were party to the convention. Some of those countries (including the United States) have only adopted two of the four protocols, the minimum required to be considered a signatory. U.S. Army soldier removes fuse from a Russian-made mine to clear a minefield outside of Fallujah, Iraq. ... An incendiary device is a device or weapon designed to create a fire. ... Jump to: navigation, search The range of sizes in which lasers exist is immense, extending from microscopic diode lasers (top) to football field sized neodymium glass lasers (bottom) used for inertial confinement fusion. ...

  Results from FactBites:
Conventional weapon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (144 words)
A conventional weapon is a weapon that does not incorporate chemical, biological or nuclear payloads.
The phrase is a neologism, invented to describe the arsenal that existed before the other categories of weapons were heavily researched in the 20th century.
The inverse of conventional weapons: ABC Weapons, NBC Weapons, CBRN and Weapons of mass destruction
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