Cluster bomb treaty may effectively bind U.S. to rules despite lack of signature (US)
UN WIRE -Although the U.S. refused to a sign a treaty banning the use of cluster bombs -- a treaty ratified by 94 countries, including such traditional U.S. allies as Britain, Germany and France -- the nation may still find itself bound by the treaty in the future.
Although the treaty does not rule out joint operations between signatories and non-signatories, signatories are nevertheless discouraged from assisting in military campaigns in which cluster bombs are used, and the treaty itself provides an effective negotiating point for outlining military actions between the U.S. and its allies. Economist, The (12/11)
Von: 18.12.2008, www.smartbrief.com