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The Times of India,

Cluster bombs in India

India continues to stock cluster bombs

Kounteya Sinha TNN 2013/06/04

London: India is among a handful of nations that continues to stock cluster bombs used for carpet bombing.

Cluster munitions have a wide-area effect which makes them inaccurate. Also, unexploded duds pose a hazard for civilians long after the conflict.

Supporters of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) were unable to persuade any new states to sign the convention.

SIPRI says major cluster munitions producers that have not signed or ratified the convention include Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Israel, South Korea, Russia and the United States. “In 2012 there were credible reports of the use of cluster munitions by Sudan and Syria,” SIPRI added.

Ten states ratified the CCM in 2012 — Australia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Hungary, Mauritania, Peru, Sweden, Switzerland and Togo — bringing the total number to 77, alongside 34 states that have signed but not ratified the convention. In comparison, 18 states had ratified the CCM in 2011.

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