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Britain to scrap use of cluster bombs

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posted on May, 28 2008 @ 12:36 PM
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Britain to scrap use of cluster bombs


www.independent.co.uk

The Prime Minister said he hoped Britain's action would "break the log jam" and make an international agreement on banning the weapons possible.

He was speaking as talks reached their final stages in Irish capital Dublin on prohibiting the use of the weapons, which have been blamed for killing and maiming thousands of civilians in war zones.

Speaking in 10 Downing Street, Mr Brown said: "We have decided, after a great deal of discussion, that we can help break the log jam so that we can get international agreement that would ban cluster bombs.

"We have decided we will take all our types of cluster bombs out of service. I believe that is going to make a difference to the negotiations that are now taking place.

"I look forward to other countries following us in this action and I look forward to other countries being able to take these cluster bombs out of service.

"I think this would be a big step forward to make the world a safer place."

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posted on May, 28 2008 @ 12:36 PM
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I am really quite surprised by this development. A western leader actually banning the use of a major weapon produced by the powerful arms companies. I feel it could be in response to Brown's current unpopularity with the British electorate. The Pm may be trying to gain some credit for this move with the anit-war section of society. It wasn't long ago that Britain refused this in 2006.step.www.guardian.co.uk...

Either way it is a positive development and we can all hope it will lead to other countries taking this step.

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