25 September 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Applauds Signing of Arms Trade Treaty by United States,

as Biggest Exporter, Other Several Member States


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

Today, a number of countries signed the Arms Trade Treaty, pushing the total number of signatures to more than half of all Member States.

The Secretary-General, as the depository of the Treaty, welcomes every signature to this important treaty.  At the same time, it is of particular significance that the largest arms exporting country in the world, the United States, is now also among those countries who have committed themselves to a global regulation of the arms trade.  He believes this will contribute to efforts to reduce insecurity and suffering for people on all continents.  He calls upon other countries to follow suit.

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