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Arms Treaty sabotaged

30 October, 2012

The Arms Trade Treaty is the name of a controversial potential multilateral treaty intended to regulate the international trade in conventional weapons. Negotiations took place at a global conference under the auspices of the United Nations from July 2–27, 2012 in New York.

It started with optimistic intentions, but got bogged down immediately when Israel objected to Palestine being classed as a state and no seats had been allocated for the Palestinian team.   Obhama had insisted their be concensus to avoid countries creating loopholes to suit their national imperatives. The Argentinian Chairman cleverly got interest groups into breakaway discussion groups or one to one talks  to resolves common issues.

After 4 weeks of talks, a small group of countries led by the US delayed the resolution to such an extent that only a draft treaty was achieved.  Not surprising really there’s too much money at stake  for various parties in the trade of arms.  Antiwar.com hardly reported the whole fiasco.The draft treaty goes before the UN in the new year and I presume it still needs all the countries to ratify it, otherwise it is worthless.

 In keeping with the countries that are the largest arms suppliers,  Russia pledges to expand arms sales.

      26th October Small fry arms dealer sentenced in Uk court.

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