Secretary-General disappointed over failure to reach Arms Trade Treaty

Listen /

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.

Duration: 50 secs

Filed under Today's News.
UN Radio Daily News Programme
UN Radio Daily News Programme
Updated at 1800 GMT, Monday to Friday
Loading the player ...

CONNECT

 

July 2014
M T W T F S S
« Jun    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031