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UN postpones agreement on international arms trade treaty

No signing ceremony, only a postponement. That is the end result of the negotiations on an international arms trade treaty being carried out in the UN for the past four weeks. According to Amnesty International, an agreement is expected to be signed during the UN General Assembly in October.

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For the past four weeks, UN member countries have negotiated on what could have ended up being a new global arms trade treaty. However, the interest of particularly the great powers has made an agreement impossible and that is why the negotiations are now postponed until October and the UN General Assembly. Amnesty International thinks that the treaty will land this autumn.

The purpose of an international arms trade treaty is to protect the populations of the world’s conflict zones and stop weapons from being distributed without control. That is why the UN member states have negotiated for more than four weeks but they have failed to come to an agreement. The primary reason for this has been the question of whether or not  the treaty should also cover ammunition which has been resisted by especially the Unites States.

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