Photographer's Note

Un accord a été trouvé hier avec plus de 100 nations pour bannir les "cluster bombs". A cette occasion, je vous montre le poste de commandement des démineurs belges au Liban. A chaque fois qu'un sous-munition est trouvée, il faut étendre la zone de recherche sur la carte que l'on voit à droite. La bombe lâchée, le travail de ramassage prend des mois...

The picture shows the Belgian command post. Each time they find a cluster bomb, they have to expand the search zone. The work is incredibly slow and it takes a very long period of time to clean up those areas...


More than 100 nations meeting in Dublin, Ireland, agreed Wednesday on a treaty that would immediately ban all cluster bombs, a spokesman for the Cluster Munition Coalition told CNN.
The accord calls for a total, immediate ban of the weapons, strong standards to protect those injured by them, contaminated areas to be cleaned up as quickly as possible and for the weapons to be immediately destroyed, he said.
Thomas Nash, coordinator of the CMC campaigning organization, said: "This is a great achievement for everyone who has been working hard to see the end of 40 years of suffering from these weapons."
Though some of the biggest makers of cluster bombs, including the United States, Russia, China and Israel, were not involved in the talks and have not signed the accord, organizers predicted that those nations would nevertheless be pressured into compliance.
"Take the United States," Nash said. "Almost all of its allies are here. They've decided to ban these weapons. That's going to make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the United States to ever use these weapons again, either on its own or in joint operations."

Model: NIKON D300
Date taken: mardi 26 février 2008 12:38:59
Exposure time [s]: 1/200
Exposure program: Normal
Exposure mode: Auto
Exposure bias [EV]: 0,0
F-Number: F7,1
Focal length [mm]: 29
ISO value: 200
Flash: Not fired
Metering mode: Multi-segment
White balance: Auto

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