October 20, 2008 / 4:27 PM / 11 years ago

Dutch say Russian cluster bomb killed cameraman

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Russian cluster bomb killed a Dutch cameraman who was covering the aftermath of a Georgian pullout from the town of Gori in August after heavy fighting with Russian forces, the Dutch Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Stan Storimans, a cameraman with Dutch broadcaster RTL, was among eight people killed during the Russian military offensive on August 12, Human Rights Watch said in August.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry, citing the conclusions of an investigation by a ministry-appointed mission into the incident, said Storimans had been killed by a cluster munition. His colleague suffered minor injuries.

“The munition was propelled by a type of rocket that is only found in Russia’s military arsenal,” the Dutch ministry said.

Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy head of the General Staff, said in August that Russia never used cluster bombs as there was no need to do so.

Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said he would raise the issue of cluster bombs in the permanent council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the pan-European security body of which Russia is a member.

“The Netherlands will call for a political statement to be issued in which member states pledge not to use cluster weapons in situations of this kind,” he said in the statement.

More than 100 countries have agreed to ban the use of cluster bombs. Russia has not.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Jon Boyle

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