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Uncertain when deal concerning weapons transport will become a reality

Last night the U.N. signed the long-awaited arms trade treaty. From the point of view of not least the shipping companies a deal concerning the transport of weapons is highly important and there is still a long way to go in this regard, according to The Danish Shipowners’ Association.

Tuesday evening the U.N. general assembly agreed to the long-awaited treaty concerning the trading of weapons, which has been more than six years underway. 154 countries voted for the treaty, with only three against, while 23 reclined to use their democratic vote – among these major weapons exporters such as China and Russia.

It is highly unfortunate, notes the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Villy Søvndal, who does, however, call the treaty historical, as it outlaws the exporting of arms to countries where there is a risk of the weapons being used to violate basic human rights or to carry out war crimes.

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