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The Guardian – WikiLeaks cables: Secret deal let Americans sidestep cluster bomb ban

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WikiLeaks cables: Secret deal let Americans sidestep cluster bomb ban

Officials concealed from parliament how US is allowed to bring weapons on to British soil in defiance of treaty

Rob Evans and David Leigh

Wednesday 1 December 2010 22.59 GMT

An expert from the Mines Advisory Group inspects an Israeli cluster bomb in Ouazaiyeh, Lebanon
An expert from the Mines Advisory Group inspects an unexploded Israeli cluster bomb in the Lebanese village of Ouazaiyeh, Lebanon, after the 2006 war. Photograph: Mohammed Zaatari/AP

British and American officials colluded in a plan to hoodwink parliament over a proposed ban on cluster bombs, the Guardian can disclose.

According to leaked US embassy dispatches, David Miliband, who was Britain’s foreign secretary under Labour, approved the use of a loophole to manoeuvre around the ban and allow the US to keep the munitions on British territory.

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