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19 May 2008 description
report UN News Service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed for the creation of a new global pact to rid the world of cluster munitions, deadly weapons which he described as 'particularly indiscriminate and unreliable.'

The devices are 'inherently inaccurate and often malfunction,' and they pose 'a very real danger to civilians, both at the time of use and long after conflicts have ended,' Mr.