2013-10-04 / Letters

Praise For Treaty

Dear Editor:

This past week, there was some good news. The United States signed the UN Arms Trade Treaty, a treaty already approved by a majority of other nations. The treaty provides for the following. 1. Sets international standards for trade in conventional arms. 2. Controls export of arms in violation of embargoes authorized by the UN. 3. Controls exports of tanks, aircraft, attack helicopters, missiles, small arms and light weapons and 4. Prohibits items used in the commission of genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity.

The treaty doesn't have strong enough provisions for enforcement but it is an important new tool in the prevention of torture, terrorism, and armed conflict. It is a step forward for Humanity.

Why can't we visualize and work for a world in which international institutions can regulate all weapons of mass destruction, when the veto cannot be used in the Security Council to block action against genocide, when the General Assembly truly represents the people of the world?


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