More than 100 governments agree to ban cluster bombs

May 29th, 2008 - 5:59 am ICT by admin  

Dublin, May 29 (DPA) More than 100 governments Wednesday agreed on a draft convention to ban the use of cluster bombs, in a commitment to remove the weapons from national arsenals within eight years. The agreement would ban the munitions, which drop hundreds of tennis-ball sized smaller explosives known as “bomblets,” which then scatter and detonate across the battlefield.

Many bomblets fail to explode and for years after a conflict has ended can continue to pose a threat to civilians, especially children who often mistake the munitions for toys.

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