Parliamentarians demand a strong Arms Trade TreatyListen /
With negotiations for a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) drawing to a close on Thursday, a group of parliamentarians from around the world is calling for a successful outcome.
Irene Addo Torshie from Ghana says elected officials are the best advocates for a treaty which regulates the trade in conventional weapons because they represent their people.
"One of the fundamental things that they expect is protection of their rights and responsibilities: who they are. And this ATT seeks to do that. We're trying to fight for the regulation of trade in arms, and I think that the legislators are the best arm of government or the best advocates to do so. We have to push the executive to ratify and sign the treaty and after that it's our duty to make sure that we implement them into laws that will protect our people."
Thousands of representatives from governments, international and regional organizations and civil society have been meeting in New York since last week for the final talks on the treaty.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.