Australia to sign international treaty to ban cluster bombs (Australia)

Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said here on Tuesday Australia will become one of the first nations to sign up to a new landmark international treaty to ban cluster bombs.


He said the treaty, negotiated in Dublin earlier this year, banned cluster munitions, weapons which cause unacceptable harm tocivilians.

"The government has conducted a thorough policy, legal and technical review of the convention, and I am very pleased to advise ... that Australia will sign the convention," he told parliament.

"Australia will be among the first nations to sign the convention when the treaty opens for signing in Oslo in early December this year. I think that that action by the government and by our nation is consistent with the proud record that Australia has in this area," he said.��

Von: 22.10.2008,

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