Secretary-General disappointed over failure to reach Arms Trade Treaty

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply disappointed that countries were unable to reach agreement on a global treaty to regulate the trade in conventional weapons.

In a statement from his spokesperson issued on Thursday, the final day of negotiations on the text, Mr. Ban observed that an Arms Trade Treaty had been within reach.

The Secretary-General believed the draft document was balanced and would have established effective common standards to regulate the international trade in conventional weapons.

He hoped countries will continue exploring ways to bring the treaty into being.

Thousands of representatives from governments, international and regional organizations and civil society participated in the two weeks of talks on the Arms Trade Treaty.

This followed a previous conference in July 2012 where delegations were unable to reach consensus.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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