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Friday, 27 April 2012 - 13:14
Army denies cluster bomb allegations.
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Army media spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya has refuted allegations that the army used cluster bombs during the war.

The spokesperson was responding to a statement made by the technical adviser for the United Nations Development Program's mine action group in Sri Lanka Allan Poston.

Alan Poston had made a reference to cluster bombs being used after investigating an incident where a child died and another was injured in Pudukudirippu recently.

In an e-mail obtained by the Associated Press Alan Poston said mine clearers in Sri Lanka had not been prepared to deal with the cluster bombs, and are now relying on the experience of de-miners who had worked in Lebanon, where Israel used cluster munitions in its 2006 war.

It also said UNICEF was informed of the need to educate the local population about the dangers of the unexploded munitions.

However, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya refuted all allegations of cluster bomb usage.

Cluster Bombs are packed with small "bomblets" that scatter indiscriminately and often harm civilians.

They are banned under an international treaty adopted by more than 60 nations that took effect in August 2010.

The nations that haven't adopted the treaty include Sri Lanka, China, Russia, India, Pakistan and the U.S., which says the bombs are a valid weapon of war when used properly.

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