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Norway spearheads international arms treaty talks. A fresh round of negotiations on conventional arms trade takes place at the UN headquarters in New York. Norway aims to lead the way, but there are some challenges ahead. “Irresponsible and illegal trade in arms costs many lives and causes great suffering every year. When the international negotiations on an international arms trade treaty start up again in New York, Norway will be at the forefront of efforts to ensure a strong and robust agreement,” said Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide about the ongoing Arms Trade Treaty talks. Last July’s previous round of negotiations faltered because of no consensus and some parties like the US requesting consideration time.

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Norway spearheads international arms treaty talks

Published on Tuesday, 19th March, 2013 at 10:57 under the news category, by Shruti Chauhan.

A fresh round of negotiations on conventional arms trade takes place at the UN headquarters in New York. Norway aims to lead the way, but there are some challenges ahead.

United Nations building, NY
United Nations building, NY
Photo: Javier Carbajal/Wikimedia Commons


“Irresponsible and illegal trade in arms costs many lives and causes great suffering every year. When the international negotiations on an international arms trade treaty start up again in New York, Norway will be at the forefront of efforts to ensure a strong and robust agreement,” said Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide about the ongoing Arms Trade Treaty talks.

Last July’s previous round of negotiations faltered because of no consensus and some parties like the US requesting consideration time.

“The new round of negotiations may be the last one on this treaty under the auspices of the UN. It is therefore vital that all parties do their utmost to move negotiations forward. A strong agreement will reduce the humanitarian consequences associated with irresponsible and illegal trade in weapons,” the Norwegian Foreign Minister declared.

According to him, these current negotiations will build on what was achieved at the progress made during the July conference, but all UN members agreeing on the treaty terms is vital.

Some current unresolved issues to be solved are types of weapons for inclusion in the Arms Trade Treaty, how far it should apply to ammunition, and export licence assessment criteria.

Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said he will try his best to bring about successful negotiations this time, but recognizes they “will be difficult, due to the requirement for full agreement and the many different interests at stake.”

“Successful negotiations would be an important milestone in the efforts to reduce armed violence at the global level and for the UN’s reputation in the area of disarmament and arms control,” he concluded.

The negotiations will continue until 28 March.




Published on Tuesday, 19th March, 2013 at 10:57 under the news category, by Shruti Chauhan.

This post has the following tags: internationalarmstreaty, un, norway.





  
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