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European Parliament against the softening of the ban on cluster munition

On November 17, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution which urges the EU Member States to refrain from the softening of the prohibition of cluster munition. According to the EP, the draft proposal which is currently negotiated in Geneva is „full of exceptions and loopholes“. This could enable both the production and usage of cluster munition. The MEPs encouraged EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton to exert pressure on Member States which consider supporting the proposal in question. Germany is part of this group of countries.