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Vol 4 (AAC) No 10

Published 1st August 2011


Build a better arms regime

Countries are calling for a new arms treaty which incorporates human-rights provisions, but China is wary

Cracks are appearing in China’s solidarity with its African allies at the United Nations’ arms trade treaty (ATT) talks. At a UN Preparatory Committee in New York City on 11-15 July, the delegations arrived with very different views on what the treaty should achieve. As Roberto García Moritán of Argentina, who is chairing the process, brought the discussions around to substantive issues, disagreements arose about the treaty’s scope and content – particularly the inclusion of human-rights provisions. Less than a year remains until the final month of negotiations in mid-2012.

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