Lack of global arms treaty is incomprehensible omission : Mexico
On average, one person dies every minute in the world as a result of a light weapon, says UN
The lack of a legally binding treaty regulating the arms trade is “an incomprehensible omission of the international community”, said the representative of Mexico to the International Treaty on Arms Trade UN Roberto Dondisch.
Mexican negotiator at the United Nations (UN) highlighted in the agency’s headquarters in New York that also need an agreement that “to achieve legal certainty to the States.”
In a speech broadcast here Friday at the sidelines of a meeting addressed by the Treaty emphasized that “the humanitarian” should guide the negotiations, whose final goal would be to prevent “unnecessary loss of lives.”
On average, one person dies every minute in the world as a result of a light weapon, plus they are abused and injured thousands on a daily basis.
In late 2010, an estimated 27.5 million internally displaced people living in conflict between armed factions, according to the UN.
Despite the damage, there are currently no legally binding international rules governing global trade in conventional arms and loopholes are common in regional agreements on the subject.
“It’s hard to understand that in a world that regulates trade in all goods, including basic consumption to date are not available a regulatory framework for products designed and produced for the sole purpose of causing harm “said Dondisch.
He felt that although access and use of weapons by states is a necessity, it is absolutely intolerable access to weapons by non-state groups, especially transnational organized crime.
The Mexican diplomat warned however that international regulation of little use if not treated the diversion of weapons to the illicit market, whose activity Mexico suffers in the flesh.
He also felt that the treaty should cover all types of conventional weapons, as well as their parts and ammunition, and must create a mechanism to prevent arms being sold to states that commit serious human rights violations.
According to the Campaign for Arms Control-organism which includes the major international human rights groups, trade in conventional arms has an annual value of 60 billion dollars and not only feeds the violence in the world, but also promotes corruption and undermines social development.
This group has stressed that most governments want a strong treaty, but countries like USA, China, Syria and Egypt oppose the regulation of ammunition, and Middle Eastern nations reject the component of respect for human rights.
The appointment to address the International Treaty on Arms Trade UN began last Monday and will run until July 27.