UK hosts arms trade treaty conference

The UK Government is today hosting a conference on the proposed Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty is being promoted by  Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Japan, Kenya and the UK and it would create a framework to regulate the arms trade so that all countries adopt similar standards.While the treaty is not perfect, it would be a significant step forward in the control of the proliferation of weapons.  Ambassadors from more than 50 nations will meet to discuss the proposal, which the UK aims to take to the UN General Assembly later this year.

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