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Luxembourg signs UN arms treaty

04.06.2013 From our online archive
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was among the first countries to sign the new UN Arms Trade Treaty, which aims to prevent the abuse of weapons worldwide.

(CS) The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was among the first countries to sign the new UN Arms Trade Treaty, which aims to prevent the abuse of weapons worldwide.

Luxembourg signed the treaty on Monday, June 3, alongside around 60 further countries which used the first opportunity to put their signature on the document.

The Luxembourg Foreign Affairs Ministry commented that the treaty marked a big progress for international human and humanitarian rights.

With Luxembourg currently on the UN Security Council, it also shows a commitment of the Grand Duchy to fight illicit arms trade, which “fuels conflict and violence worldwide,” according to the ministry.

The treaty has a complicated history. While initial negotiations failed in July 2012, the UN General Assembly was able to vote on the treaty to regulate the 80-billion-USD-a-year conventional arms trade in April this year.

The Assembly voted 154-3 for a resolution that would open the treaty for signature. Syria, North Korea and Iran voted against the resolution. There were 23 abstentions, including Russia, China and India.

The Luxembourg ministry meanwhile spoke our for the treaty from the start, and has pledged that it will continue to work for its ratification and to give it a universal character.

For more information on the UN Arms Trade Treaty and its signatories visit un.org