GENEVA (AFP) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday urged all states to quickly sign up to a new treaty banning cluster bombs, whether or not they took part in negotiations. The Dublin convention was welcomed by politicians and campaigners who insisted it was a landmark pact despite the absence of key powers like the United States, China and Russia. Germany said it would immediately begin destroying its remaining stockpiles of cluster bombs to spur nations that had not approved the landmark treaty to join the accord. Delegates from 111 nations agreed the treaty Wednesday after 10 days of painstaking negotiations in the Irish capital Dublin. The wide-ranging pact will outlaw the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions by its signatories. However, key cluster bomb manufacturers such as the United States, Russia, China, India, Israel and Pakistan did not attend the talks and are thus not covered by the agreement. The ICRC urged all states to adhere to the treaty "in the near future" and called on them to stop using cluster munitions regardless of whether they participated in the Dublin talks. "The ICRC has regularly witnessed the terrible impact of cluster munitions on civilians," its president Jakob Kellenberger said in a statement. The agreement will be formally adopted on Friday (today), and signed in Oslo on December 2-3. Signatories would then need to ratify it. In Berlin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung said in a joint statement that the agreement was an "important milestone."Norway also called for "the greatest number of countries possible" to join the Dublin accord, which Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere described as "historic" and "a victory for humanitarian law." He insisted the treaty would stigmatise the use of cluster bombs among those countries keeping their stockpiles. The British newspaper The Independent said the agreement should be seen as a step forward rather than the "final destination". "If the largest militaries on the planet refuse to curb their stockpiles of these weapons, what real good can it do?" it said in an editorial. Norwegian Deputy Defence Minister Espen Barth Eide told AFP that countries wanted their military actions to be seen as legitimate, and compared the potential impact of the Dublin text to the 1997 Ottawa Treaty on landmines. "With the landmine treaty, the US did not sign it but we don't really care because they behave as if they have signed it because they recognise they are morally outlawed," he said. "It's going to be politically impossible now for any country to use this weapon, we believe, without suffering the sort of backlash that is going to be too high a political price to pay," CMC coordinator Thomas Nash told AFP. "The message the US is getting from this is that they have seen virtually all of their military allies banning the weapon. Soraj Ghulam Habib, whose legs were blown off seven years ago by a cluster bomb in Afghanistan, said he now felt his suffering was not in vain. "Victims need a lot of support and now work can be done to make victims self-reliant, not let them be like beggars on the street," the 17-year-old told AFP. "I want to save their lives and I hope that cluster munitions will never again be used by any states."