01 Jul '11, 10am

Thailand, Cambodia plan to join cluster bomb ban treaty [StraitsTimes World]

GENEVA - CAMBODIA and Thailand, which were recently embroiled in a border spat during which cluster bombs were allegedly used, have announced plans to ratify the treaty that bans such weapons, activists said on Friday. The countries announced their intentions to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions during a four-day meeting in Geneva which brought together more than 80 states, as well as representatives of civil society, UN aid agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross. 'This last week, most notably, both Thailand and Cambodia indicated their intention to join in the near future,' said Steve Goose, who is from the Cluster Munition Coalition which groups over 350 non-governmental groups. 'This is significant and somewhat remarkable in that early this year Thailand was firing cluster munitions in Cambodia in their border dispute,' added Mr Goose. This wee...

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