Let’s ban cluster bombs

Cluster bombs AVAAS.ORG are mobilising pressure on countries currently negotiating a cluster bomb ban

“Cluster munitions kill children and other civilians long after wars are over–and this week, we have a chance to ban them. 109 countries are in the final stages of negotiation on a cluster bomb ban — but some are trying to water down the treaty with loopholes, exceptions, and delays.

Our information is that the delegations obstructing a strong treaty in the last few days include the UK, France, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Canada, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Japan, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland, so messages to these leaders will be particularly valuable.

A worldwide outcry for a strong treaty is needed now. The treaty will be signed Thursday.”

The AVAAS.ORG website offers a simple mechanism enabling you to contribute your name to this worldwide outcry.

3 responses to “Let’s ban cluster bombs

  1. I’m genuinely surprised not to see the US listed here. And surprised to see the Scandinavians included. And Canada? Are you sure this isn’t a list of the countries against cluster bombs?

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  2. Yes, surprises me too. Apparently the United States, China and Russia are not participating. So I imagine it has got something to do with the intricacies of negotiation, among those countries that are participating, in the final few days. Unfortunately the site doesn’t link to information sources but here are some useful links:
    http://www.stopclustermunitions.org/
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUKL2629379720080526
    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/05/26/news/Ireland-Cluster-Bombs.php

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  3. Looks like something good came out of it:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7423714.stm

    Now lets hope is sufficiently strong to put pressure on the US et al who use them and haven’t signed up to the ban yet

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