Cluster Bombs: Archbishop Commends Britain's High Moral Tone

28/05/2008

The Archbishop of York, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu today commended "the necessarily tough decision" to join the international ban on the use of cluster bombs.

"These weapons were designed for use against massive military forces during the Cold War", he said, "but tragically they have been used disproportionately, for quite different purposes in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.  Civilians have been caught by them and in Lebanon, for example, children have picked up unexploded bombs".

Dr Sentamu added that if the UK is to decommission these weapons, it would be logical to ban them being stockpiled on British soil by the USA and to refuse to join in military campaigns which would use them.