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Paul McCartney calls for cluster bombs ban
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 05/06/08 1:01 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Today on his official site, www.paulmccartney.com, Paul McCartney is calling for fans to join him in the petition to ban cluster bombs.

Paul said, "Cluster bomblets, like anti-personnel mines, are unacceptable when they kill and injure innocent civilians including children. I call upon individuals, organisations and politicians to do all they can to remove and reduce the impact of these weapons for future generations."

Cluster bombs are containers which release several hundred smaller "bomblets" when fired. Opponents point out that they pose unacceptable harm both during and long after conflicts, and remind us that the bombs have killed thousands of people and 98% of the victims are innocent civilians, one third of these are children. Paul is asking his fans to join him in signing the No More Landmines petition to Ban Cluster Bombs.

In his message, Paul also said, "Numerous countries, including the United Kingdom, continue to use or produce and export cluster bombs. Given the current and potential scale of the damage, it is urgent that new international law prohibits the further use, production, transfer and stockpiling of these weapons."

The petition calls for a ban on the production, use, transfer and stockpiling of all cluster bombs, a commitment from the UK government in favour of an international agreement on this ban, and the rapid destruction of any existing stocks.

For more information and to sign the petition go to www.landmines.org.uk.

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