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‘Ratifying UN arms treaty vital,’ says Norway Foreign Minister. Scandinavian country to be one of the first countries to sign the new UN arms trade treaty in New York, Monday. Calling it “an important step”, Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide says, “Norway has worked systematically to bring about such a treaty.” “It is now crucial that as many countries as possible sign and ratify the treaty so that it enters into force as quickly as possible,” he adds in a statement.

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‘Ratifying UN arms treaty vital,’ says Norway Foreign Minister

Published on Monday, 3rd June, 2013 at 13:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Scandinavian country to be one of the first countries to sign the new UN arms trade treaty in New York, Monday.

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Calling it “an important step”, Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide says, “Norway has worked systematically to bring about such a treaty.”

“It is now crucial that as many countries as possible sign and ratify the treaty so that it enters into force as quickly as possible,” he adds in a statement.

Norway, a supposedly peaceful country with two prominent arms manufacturers, spearheaded talks at the UN in March to try to get negotiations on the issue going again.

July 2012’s negotiations round faltered, with the US one of several countries asking for more time to consider the issue.

Today’s new agreement, which will only enter into force following ratification by 50 states, encompasses a wide range of conventional weapons types.

These include their parts and components. Export licence criteria and controls prohibitions, international humanitarian law violations, organised crime, terrorism in importing states and gender-based violence, also fall under the multinational hoped deal.

“The arms trade treaty is an important step in the right direction when it comes to reducing armed violence and the serious human suffering caused by the illegal and irresponsible trade in weapons,” states Foreign Minister Barth Eide.

“Norway will work to ensure that the arms trade treaty is implemented effectively, and that there is a focus on the humanitarian aspects of the arms trade. It is crucial that the treaty gains global acceptance and that it sets a new international standard. In the years ahead, we will seek to strengthen the treaty, both in specific areas and by keeping it up to date as regards technological developments in the weapons field,” he concludes.




Published on Monday, 3rd June, 2013 at 13:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

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





  
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