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SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION
LAUNCHING PROCESS TOWARDS TREATY ON GLOBAL CONVENTIONAL ARMS TRADE
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General welcomes today’s adoption by the General Assembly of a resolution launching a process that could lead to a treaty regulating international trade in conventional weapons.
While there are still many steps to be taken to forge a consensus to this end, the resolution represents the first formal step towards developing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional weapons. The Secretary-General notes that unregulated trade in these weapons currently contributes to conflict, crime and terrorism, and undermines international efforts for peace and development.
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