Tutu urges all nations to sign UN Arms Treaty

2013-06-03 16:41

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All nations must sign the Arms Trade Treaty adopted by the UN, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has said.

“For thousands of years, people have invented and developed an extraordinary array of tools to settle arguments – and seize each other’s belongings – by causing each other physical harm,” Tutu said in a statement today.

“Now, for the first time, the international community is taking tangible steps to stop the blight.”

Tutu said the only people who were benefiting were the manufacturers of weapons.

The treaty opened for signatures today. The Associated Press reported it was the first international treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade.

The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the treaty on April 2.

Countries that ratify it will have to establish national regulations to control the transfer of conventional arms and components, and to regulate arms dealers. The treaty will, however, not control the domestic use of weapons in any country, AP reported.

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