July 29, 2012

US blamed for blocking passage of global arms trade treaty

Organizers of UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty have blamed major global arms exporters, especially the US, for obstructing the eventual preparation of a landmark treaty aimed at controlling the billion-dollar industry.

After four weeks of negotiations with the objective of reaching consensus over an agreement that would severely restrict the flow of armaments and ammunition across borders, principal weapons exporters led by the United States effectively blocked the move on Friday by claiming more time is required to draft a final agreement. Read more.

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