UN finds cluster bombs in Sri Lanka

Thursday, 26 April 2012 09:23
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UN report says unexploded cluster munitions found in Sri Lanka, appearing to confirm war use

APNewsBreak: UN finds cluster bombs in Sri Lanka

By RAVI NESSMAN | Associated Press | 3 hours, 29 minutes ago in

A report from a U.N. mine removal expert says unexploded cluster munitions have been found in northern Sri Lanka, appearing to confirm, for the first time, that they were used in that country's long civil war.

The revelation is likely to increase calls for an international investigation into possible war crimes stemming from the bloody final months of fighting in the quarter-century civil war that ended in May 2009. The government has repeatedly denied using cluster munitions during the final months of fighting.

Cluster munitions are packed with small "bomblets" that scatter indiscriminately and often harm civilians. Those that fail to detonate often kill civilians long after fighting ends.

 

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