4 February 2010
With regard to the reservation made by the United States of America upon consenting to be bound by Protocol III to the above Convention:
“The Government of Ireland has examined the reservation made on 21 January 2009 by the United States of America to Article 2, paragraphs 2 and 3 of Protocol III 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 upon notification of its consent to be bound thereby.
The provisions to which the aforesaid reservation refers prohibit, with one exception, the use of incendiary weapons against military objectives located within concentrations of civilians. The Government of Ireland regards the reservation made by the United States of America as invalid, inasmuch as it is incompatible with the object and purpose of Protocol III.
The Government of Ireland therefore objects to the aforesaid reservation made by the United States of America.
This objection shall not preclude the entry into force of Protocol III between Ireland and the United States of America.”