Samir Alramahi 21 March 2012 16:45:45 | 249 Views | 0 Comments
In the aftermath of the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas, several European nations began calling for a global treaty to ban cluster munitions. Talks that began in 2007 led to the Convention on Cluster Munitions that met in 2008 in Oslo. The treaty came into effect in August 2010 and has been signed by 68 nations. The United States, Russia, China, Israel, Egypt, India, and Pakistan did not participate in the Oslo talks or sign the agreement. Israeli use of cluster munitions against Hezbollah forces in Lebanon resulted in widespread international criticism. “Israel was said to have fired significant quantities of cluster munitions — primarily during the last three days of the 34-day war after a U.N. cease fire deal had been agreed to — resulting in almost 1 million unexploded cluster bomblets,” said a Congressional Research Service report.