UK Prepares to Ban Cluster Bombs

28 May 2008 (Last Updated May 28th, 2008 06:22)

The UK Government is preparing to scrap the UK's entire arsenal of cluster bombs, ahead of international talks on the issue in Dublin. Well-placed sources made clear yesterday that despite opposition from the military, the government is prepared to get rid of the cluster munitions, whic

The UK Government is preparing to scrap the UK's entire arsenal of cluster bombs, ahead of international talks on the issue in Dublin.

Well-placed sources made clear yesterday that despite opposition from the military, the government is prepared to get rid of the cluster munitions, which include the lsraeli-designed M85 artillery weapon used during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and in attacks on Lebanon two years ago; and the M73, part of a weapons system for Apache helicopters, the Guardian reports.

Pressure will be applied on the US not to use its cluster weapons in joint operations with countries which have banned them, officials suggest.

Cluster weapons are highly controversial because they scatter small 'bomblets' over a wide area, many of which do not explode on impact and are activated later by civilians.

By staff writer