Cluster bomb conference underway in Laos (South Asia)
Countries from across southeast Asia are gathered in Laos for the start of a conference on cluster bombs ahead of a ban, due to be signed by more than 100 nations in Oslo in December.
The United Nations has welcomed the South East Asia Regional Conference on the Convention on Cluster Munitions, saying the weapons "cause human suffering both during conflicts and long after they have ended".
The convention, the text of which was adopted by 107 countries at a conference in Dublin in May, will prohibit the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions.
But major producers and stockpilers the United States, Russia, China, India, Israel and Pakistan did not attend the Dublin talks.
Von: 20.10.2008, www.radioaustralia.net.au