No US, Israel, Russia,China, or Pakistan
30-May-2008 (7 comments)

DUBLIN, Ireland - Diplomats from 111 nations formally adopted a landmark treaty banning cluster bombs on Friday after futile calls for participation by the weapons' biggest makers and users, particularly the United States.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged every nation in the world to sign the painstakingly negotiated pact "without delay."

Twelve days of negotiations ended after diplomats from scores of nations delivered speeches embracing the accord. It requires signatories not to use cluster bombs, to destroy existing stockpiles within eight years, and to fund programs that clear old battlefields of dud bombs.

However, the talks did not involve the biggest makers and users of cluster bombs: the United States, Russia, China, Israel, India and Pakistan. And the pact leaves the door open for new types that could pick targets more precisely and contain self-destruct technolog

Participants plan to sign the treaty in the Norwegian capital Oslo in December. It would go into effect in mid-2009.

Norwegian Deputy Defense Minister Espen Barth Eide, whose nation launched the negotiations in February 2007, said he was confident that the treaty would discourage the United States, Russia, China, Israel and other proponents of cluster bombs to use the weapons again.

"The reality is that states do care about not only the legality of their actions, but also the perceived legitimacy and appropriate... >>>


111 nations adopt cluster bomb treaty, but not US

by asefati on

I really want to know where are those who believe US or Israel are pro peace and human rightS!



111 countries

by Anonymous21 (not verified) on

that banned the cluster bombs don't have them. Those that rejected it are the countries that actually have the bomb. By the way, attention for the peace-loving, smart fellows: China and India are also on the list.


Look at it that way.

by Mehdi Mazloom (not verified) on

If Israel puts down its weapons - there will be war.
If Iran & Hamas puts down their weapons - there will be peace.


But attacking Iran is different

by Mehdi on

This time they REALLY want to bring peace and prosperity to that area. Honestly.

Anybody buying that? :-)

Ali P.

Every country wants to have the upper hand...

by Ali P. on case an armed conflict breaks out; be it US, China, Pakistan, Iran, or Ghana.  

It has nothing to do with being pro-peace.



Why would the US and Israel join?

by Abarmard on

They are the only nations on this earth that have been, are and will use Cluster bombs.


No big surprise

by IRANdokht on

Who ever said Israel and US were pro-peace? US has been using these cluster bombs from Vietnam to Iraq!

This is just another clear proof of where they stand on human rights compared to the rest of the world.

Times will change:

Obama was the only senator amongst these three contenders who voted for the ban on landmines and cluster bombs.

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