46 Make Cluster Bomb Pledge

46 countries pledged recently to work towards a ban on cluster bombs, according to the Herald Sun. The declaration said that a future ban should “prohibit the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians,” and it is hoped that the future ban will come as soon as 2008.

The United States, Russia, and China, all major manufacturers of cluster bombs, did not back the declaration. Perhaps “unacceptable harm” is not vague and flexible enough for them.

Handicap International says that 11,000 civilians have been killed or injured by cluster bombs in the past three decades.

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