CCW Fails to Reach Cluster Munitions Pact

By Jeff Abramson

In November, delegates to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) failed to reach agreement on a new protocol specifically addressing cluster munitions, but committed to continue work in 2009. Countries possessing the vast majority of these weapons have insisted that the CCW is the proper forum for such discussion, thus far opting out of a separate treaty that opens for signature in December.

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