Tiny St. Kitts signs treaty banning cluster bombs
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (AP) — The tiny Caribbean country of St. Kitts & Nevis has become the latest nation to sign an international treaty banning cluster bombs.
The miniscule islands known mostly as a vacation paradise have never used, produced or stockpiled cluster weapons.
But the London-based Cluster Munition Coalition, which advocates for the elimination of the weapon, says the islands joined the treaty Saturday during a global gathering in Zambia.
The group says St. Kitts will become the 84th nation to join the ban when it becomes official in early 2014.
The majority of nations that haven’t adopted the ban still possess the bulk of the cluster munitions. That includes the U.S., China and Russia.
The weapons pose a particular risk to civilians because they indiscriminately scatter small “bomblets” packed into bombs, shells or missiles.