In December, Britain joined France, Israel and the US to vote against a United Nations call for transparency from states which use depleted uranium weapons in conflict. The UN general assembly resolution was supported by 148 countries. At present there may be hundreds of sites in Iraq contaminated by the weapons, with many likely to be in populated areas.
The UK, US, Israel and France had voted against previous similar resolutions in 2007 and 2008. The number of abstentions was down on previous years, with Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, Luxembourg and Slovenia voting in favour. Abstainers included Russia, Australia, Canada, Denmark and Sweden. China declined to vote.