Former James Bond actor calls for an end to ‘brutal’ weapons worldwide and criticises the Kremlin for deploying them during war
ByDominic Penna30 August 2022
Daniel Craig will say: ‘Countries that still use and produce cluster munitions need to stop doing so’
Daniel Craig has called for an end of the use of cluster bombs worldwide, as Ukrainian civilians face relentless attacks from Russia.
The former James Bond actor will address a United Nations conference in Geneva, chaired by the United Kingdom during its presidency of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Cluster bombs work by breaking open when released from aircraft, spraying a load of bomblets across a wide area – causing deadly injuries as far as 25 metres away.
The Convention on Cluster Munitions urges an end to the production, sale and stockpiling of the bombs. The UK became a member in May 2008, when it withdrew its own arsenal of cluster munitions.
Some 110 states have ratified the treaty, although countries including China, Russia, India, Pakistan and the US have yet to sign up.
Russia has used cluster munitions repeatedly in Ukraine, which – according to Human Rights Watch – is the only country in the world where the weapons are being used as of this month.
In a video message, Mr Craig – who in 2015 was appointed a UN advocate against landmines – will say: “Civilians all too often pay the price when these brutal weapons are used.
“In my work with the United Nations Mine Action Service, I have seen how long after conflicts, damage caused by cluster munitions persists. Unbelievably, we are still seeing use of cluster munitions today, most recently in Ukraine.
“Countries that still use and produce cluster munitions need to stop doing so. They are barbaric weapons used mainly on civilian populations to spread fear and anxiety.”
Also speaking is Graham Stuart, a Foreign Office minister, who will note progress made by the UK in driving forward “work to eliminate them altogether”.
He will say: “We will continue to speak out against these murderous weapons – as we did in March, when we condemned their use in the illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine.”
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Comment from Ron Thompson: “Nice that Daniel’s trying to make a difference, but the chances of a murdering psychopath like Putin paying any attention are approximately zero.
Anybody prepared to use a nerve agent in the UK in peacetime isn’t going to have any qualms about butchering civilians with cluster bombs in the middle of a war.
Comment from Robert Hope: “Despite the UK’s ban on cluster munitions, I suspect that if we were ever faced China or Russia on the battlefield, who freely use CMs, then we would very quickly overcome our moral indignation and start using our own against them.”
Reply from Ron Thompson:
“CMs..we would…start using”
“Not sure we’d need to.
We have long range pinpoint rocket/artillery weapons that can systematically take out an enemy’s logistics and command and control, rendering them unable to fight.
Russia has a greater need to blast areas into rubble with CMs because it can’t hit targets as precisely as NATO can.
(And, of course, because Putin’s trying to scare Ukraine to the negotiating table by deliberately slaughtering civilians, of course, meanwhile telling the Russian sheep back home on state-controlled TV that Russia doesn’t bomb cities.)”