Cluster bombs outlawed in approved treaty text

The legislature Tuesday approved for the second and final time a measure to outlaw cluster bombs in Costa Rica. The measure is largely symbolic because Costa Rica seeks to adopt an international treaty against such weaponry.

The Sala IV determined that the treaty does not violate the Costa Rica Constitution.

Cluster bombs are projectiles that fragment into hundreds of deadly missiles. The lawmakers also heard that these weapons sometimes do not explode and are distributed through the countryside as colorful object children might pick up.

Since Costa Rica does not have an army, it is unlikely to have purchased cluster bombs anyway.

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