Talks at convention on conventional weapons fail to produce consensus on cluster bombs

December 5, 2011

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Members of the Colombian Air Force prepare to destroy a cluster bomb after the country agreed to ban the technology in 2008.

Efforts to ban cluster bombs have been in the works for years. Just last week, the international community considered a new proposal at the Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva. But some say the proposal - backed by the U.S., China, Russia and others - would’ve undermined a stricter ban already signed by more 111 nations.

Zach Hudson discusses the history of cluster bombs and their current use in warfare. He's coordinator of the U.S. campaign to ban landmines and cluster munitions for Handicap International.