Continuing CHAPTER III Conventional weapons issues


Wassenaar Arrangement

The tenth plenary meeting of the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (WA)1 was held in Vienna from 8-9 December. Participating States worked diligently to implement and expand upon the progress achieved during the 2003 Assessment Year by further developing and undertaking, as a matter of high priority, measures to implement initiatives such as the work conducted against terrorism. The Plenary welcomed Slovenia as a new Participating State.
The plenary welcomed the adoption of Security Council resolution 1540 (2004). Participating States expressed their willingness to provide assistance in the development of effective export controls to those States that requested it. The plenary also reiterated its intention to broaden the WA outreach to countries not yet participating in the Arrangement, other export control regimes and international and regional organizations.
Participating States reaffirmed their intention to intensify efforts to prevent the acquisition of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies by terrorist groups and organizations, while at the same time viewing them as an integral part of the global fight against terrorism. In this context, they also exchanged information on national measures taken in accordance with their 2003 decision to tighten controls on the export of Man-Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS) and called again on other countries to apply similar controls.
For the first time in the history of the WA, a major initiative was undertaken in the form of an Outreach Seminar, which took place in Vienna on 19 October. The seminar raised awareness of the positive contribution that the WA made to responsible transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, the importance of increasing its transparency and the need for greater engagement by the WA participating States with industry representatives. 2

1The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies was established in July 1996. Its meetings are normally held in Vienna where the Arrangement is based. The Participating States of the Wassenaar Arrangement are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.
2More information is available on WA's web site: http://www.wassenaar.org.