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UN chief urges countries to make progress in arms trade treaty talks PDF Print E-mail
UNITED NATIONS, July 27 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  Friday appealed to countries to show flexibility and make progress in  the negotiations of a treaty that would regulate the conventional arms trade.  With just two days left before the end of the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), Ban is also concerned about the ‘very limited progress in the negotiations’ according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.  The four-week long Conference has brought together the UN’s 193  Member States to negotiate what is seen as the most important initiative ever regarding conventional arms regulation within the United Nations.   
“The Secretary-General is encouraged by the efforts being undertaken by the President of the Conference who has been working with delegations day and night to try to build consensus on the elements of the ATT,” the statement said.
At the end of 2010, an estimated 27.5 million people were internally displaced as a result of conflict, while millions more have sought refuge abroad.In many cases, the armed violence that drove them from their homes was fuelled by the widespread availability and misuse of weapons.
According to the statement, the Secretary-General “remains hopeful that the Conference will yield a robust and legally binding  Arms Trade Treaty that will have a real impact on the lives of those millions of people suffering from the consequences of armed conflict, repression and armed violence.”
“He wishes to remind delegations that we owe it to all the  innocent civilians who have fallen victim to armed conflict and violence,  to all the children deprived of a better future and to all those risking their lives to build peace and make this a better world,” it added, noting that Ban stands ready to provide assistance to bring the Conference to a successful outcome.
In February, the heads of several UN agencies ‘including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’ called for a comprehensive arms trade treaty that requires States to assess the risk that serious  violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law may be committed with weapons being transferred; includes within its scope all conventional weapons, including small arms; and ensures that there are no loopholes by covering all types of transfers, including activities such as transit, trans-shipment, as wells as loans and leases.
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