ATT will provide an effective deterrent against excessive and destabilizing arms flows: SG

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Arms Trade Treaty Opens for Signature. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

With the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the world has decided to finally put an end to the "free-for-all" nature of international weapons transfers, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday in remarks at a special event marking the opening of the Arms Trade treaty for Signature.

He calls on all governments to bring national legislation and procedures in line with the requirements of the treaty so that it becomes a strong force for security and development for all.

The Secretary-General says from now on, weapons and ammunition should only cross borders after the exporter confirms that the transfer complies with internationally agreed standards.

“The Treaty will provide an effective deterrent against excessive and destabilizing arms flows, particularly in conflict-prone regions. It will make it harder for weapons to be diverted into the illicit market … to reach warlords, pirates, terrorists and criminals … or to be used to commit grave human rights abuses or violations of international humanitarian law. This treaty will also enable the United Nations to better carry out its mandates, particularly in humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.”

Secretary-General Ban says it will also facilitate enforcement of Security Council arms embargoes and help promote social and economic development, noting that the eyes of the world are watching arms traders, manufacturers and governments, as never before. He explains that the ATT is substantive and robust, but its effectiveness will depend on the willingness of States to ensure its full implementation.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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