Asked if there would be an announcement today on cluster bombs, the PMS replied that as people knew there were negotiations ongoing in Dublin at the moment, and at this point we had nothing further to add to what we said on this last week. But it was best to wait and see how things progressed in Dublin during the day.
Asked if the Prime Minister was prepared to have this treaty signed, the PMS replied that as we were saying last week, the UK did plan to move towards the decommissioning of our cluster bomb stocks and we would support a strong convention which prohibited cluster munitions that caused unacceptable harm to civilians. But there was a negotiation ongoing in Dublin, and he did not want to pre-empt that.
Asked if we had changed our position on "smart" cluster bombs, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister had asked the Ministry of Defence to examine our cluster bombs to see what more we could do, but people should wait to see how things developed during the course of the day in Dublin.
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