A Cluster Bomb Unit containing more than 600 cluster bombs, that was dropped by Israeli warplanes during the 34-day long Hezbollah-Israeli war, sits in a field in the southern village of Ouazaiyeh, Lebanon, Nov. 9, 2006.
CTV.ca | Canada joins cluster bomb treaty, U.S. absent
Canada has signed onto an international treaty to ban cluster bombs, though the U.S. and Russia have declined to join the effort.Quote has been trimmed
Canada became a signatory to the Convention on Cluster Munitions on Wednesday when Jillian Stirk, Canada's ambassador to Norway, signed the document on behalf of Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon.
The convention bans members from using, stockpiling, producing or transferring cluster weapons -- small explosives which are designed to cover a large area in a short period of time and are particularly dangerous to civilians and children, long after periods of conflict.
"This convention is a significant achievement. Over time, it will save the lives of many thousands of people around the world and will help to end the use of a weapon that has devastating effects on civilians," Cannon, who is in Ottawa to deal with the current political crisis, said in a news release.
He said Canada will work closely with other nations in the convention, the United Nations, Red Cross and others to "rid the world of cluster munitions, and as far as possible repair the shattered lives of people who have suffered because of them."