Cluster bomb ban rejected by major nations
The U.S. said eliminating cluster munitions would put the lives of their soldiers at risk.
Russia said it needed the weapons as it had downsized its military.
Cluster bombs, in which hundreds of small 'bomblets' are packed together, have been used in conflicts worldwide from the Second World War to Iraq.
They have proved to be deadly against unprotected civilians.
Demand for a ban gained momentum after the Israel-Lebanon conflict in 2006, when Israeli troops dropped around four million bomblets. A quarter of them failed to explode leaving a deadly cluster-bomb ‘harvest’ in Lebanon.