Opponents of cluster bombs speak out in Norway

OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Opponents of cluster bombs say a treaty expected to be finalized by more than 100 countries next week in Norway's capital could shame non-signers like the U.S., Russia and China into also shelving the weapons.

Cluster Munitions Coalition umbrella group coordinator Tom Nash says the treaty "will stigmatize the weapons," making them "morally unacceptable." Nash was speaking Wednesday before the Dec. 3-4 signing ceremony in Oslo.

Cluster bomblets are packed by the hundreds into artillery shells, bombs or missiles that scatter them over vast areas. Some fail to explode immediately. The unexploded bomblets can then lie dormant for years until they are disturbed, often by children attracted by their small size and bright colors.

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