The Beatle speaks out as a charity album is released in aid of War Child...

PAUL McCARTNEY has called for a ban on cluster bombs, following the recent war in Iraq.

The ex-Beatle told BBC news that the knock-on effects of the “cowardly weapons” is to harm innocent civilians.

“It would be great to outlaw these cowardly weapons,” he said. “What happens after the war finishes is that it’s the civilians – mainly women and children – who get blown up.”

McCartney has contributed a song to a charity album released today, ‘Hope’, the proceeds of which will go to War Child.

Speaking of the conflict in Iraq, where cluster bombs were used, he said that “time will tell” if US led coalition were right to use force on the Iraqi regime.

He concluded: “I felt that the UN all agreed that Saddam should be made to disarm. They didn’t agree on how to do it…a lot of people agree that there are other ways to do it. I don’t want anyone to fight anyone.”