The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) has denounced the United States for planning to supply 1,300 cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia http://www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2013/08/23/the-cluster-munition-coalition-cmc-has-denounced-the-united-states-for-planning-to-supply-1300-cluster-bombs-to-saudi-arabia/The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) has denounced the United States for planning to supply 1,300 cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.“We are disappointed with the US decision to export cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia as both countries acknowledge the negative humanitarian impact of these weapons on civilians,” CMC Director Sarah Blakemore said on Thursday.“Cluster munitions have been banned by more than half the world’s nations so any transfer goes against the international rejection of these weapons,” she added.
The US Defense Department announced on Tuesday that Textron Defense
Systems won a contract valued at $641 million to build the bombs for the
Persian Gulf state.
The contract, expected to be completed by 2015, formalizes the sale of
CBU-105 cluster bombers. Congress was first notified about the deal in
The company said the weapon, also known as a Sensor Fuzed Weapon, has
“greater than 99 percent reliability,” meaning less than 1 percent
remain as unexploded ordnance.
The United States and its Middle Eastern ally have refused to sign the
Convention on Cluster Munitions, which prohibits the production,
transfer, use, and stockpiling of cluster munitions.
The US has previously announced sales of CBU-105 cluster bombers to India, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Saudi Arabia has used cluster munitions in the past and stockpiles the
weapons, but it is not believed to produce or export cluster munitions.
“The US should acknowledge the treaty’s ban on cluster munition exports
and reevaluate the criteria for its export moratorium so that no cluster
munitions are transferred,” Blakemore said.
London-based Action on Armed Violence also warned about the consequences of the use of the cluster bombs.“That cluster munitions continue to kill and injure civilians for many
years is one of the many reasons why the international community saw fit
to outlaw their future use or transfer. Sixty percent of cluster bomb
casualties occur while the victim is undertaking their normal
activities,” the group said.Saudi Arabia and the US are amongst the twelve countries that have used
cluster munitions in the past (US in multiple locations; Saudi Arabia
against Iraq in 1991).
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