3 July 2012 – At an historic gathering on the issue of conventional arms, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Member States to work towards a treaty to regulate the trade in such weapons, stressing that a set of rules on this matter is long overdue.
“We have made some progress on weapons of mass destruction issues over the years, but the international community has not kept pace on conventional arms,” Mr. Ban told Member States at the opening of the first UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty.
“Nuclear issues capture headlines, but conventional arms are killing people everyday.”
Mr. Ban added that poorly regulated international arms transfers are fueling civil conflicts, destabilizing regions, and empowering terrorists and criminal networks.
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