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No Treaty : UN Conference Fails to Reach Agreement on Treaty to Regulate the Global Trade in Arms

PUBLISHED: July 30, 2012

ATT_Conference SG: failure of #armstradetreaty great disappointment for UN. I trust gov’ts will find common ground to deliver on the ATT in future.

27TH July 2012, marked the last day of the UN conference on  Arms Trade Treaty in New York with No Treaty in Place. The one month long conference failed to reach an agreement on a treaty that would regulate the global trade in arms.

Below is a statement by the Mexico delegation to the conference on behalf of the majority States that support an Arms Trade Treaty following failure by the delegates at the conference in reaching a consensus..

"Statement by the Mexico Delegation on Behalf of the Majority of States that support ATT.

Countries in red denote the seven original co-authors who sponsored the first text of draft resolution adopted in the First Committee in October 20006, and later by the General Assembly as Resolution A/61/89 in December 2006 (adopted by 153 States of 192 UN Member States then)."

From the text a majority of those countries supporting an ATT want the text sent to the First Committee again this October for another determination.

The U.S. State Department also issued a statement through the department’s spokesperson Victoria Nuland.

“The United States supports a second round of negotiations, conducted on the basis of consensus, on the Treaty next year; we do not support a vote in the UNGA on the current text…….”

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Consequently, the UN Secretary General has also expressed disappointment on the failure to reach an agreement in his statement to the conference.“ I am disappointed that the Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) concluded its four-week-long session without agreement on a treaty text that would have set common standards to regulate the international trade in conventional arms.

The Conference's inability to conclude its work on this much-awaited ATT, despite years of effort of Member States and civil society from many countries, is a setback.

However, I am encouraged that this is not the end of the ATT, and that States have agreed to continue pursuing this noble goal. There is already considerable common ground and States can build on the hard work that has been done during these negotiations.

I commend the President of the Conference, Ambassador Roberto Garcia Moritán of Argentina, for his persistence and skilful leadership of this complex process.

My commitment to the pursuit of a robust ATT is steadfast. A strong treaty would rid the world of the appalling human cost of the poorly regulated international arms trade. It would also enhance the ability of the United Nations to cope with the proliferation of arms.

New York/London

27 July 2012 ...”

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