Nations to develop cluster bomb treaty in Ireland conference Patrick Porter at 1:52 PM ET
[JURIST] Representatives of over 100 governments will meet Monday at the Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions [official website] to finalize a treaty banning the use, manufacture, and stockpiling of cluster bombs [ICRC materials; JURIST news archive]. Opponents of the ordnance, including some military officers, believe them to be inaccurate weapons designed to spread damage indiscriminately. An estimated 10-40% of the munitions fail to detonate and become a serious hazard for civilian populations. Since the two-day Oslo Conference on Cluster Munitions [conference materials] last February, there have been increasing calls to ban the weapons. Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday urged [AFP report] all governments to adopt the ban.
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