Nepal hosts meet on arms trade treaty negotiation
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 21:25
Kathmandu: Representatives of 20 Asian countries, including India, gathered here on Wednesday to discuss a proposed international treaty on arms trade to regulate the global weapons market.

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), currently in preliminary stage of negotiations is aimed at controlling the international trade of conventional weapons. The UN has set 2012 as the year for its final negotiating conference.

Sujata Koirala, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, inaugurated regional seminar on "Supporting the Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations through Regional Discussions and Expertise Sharing".

Besides India and the host nation, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan and Sri Lanka are among 20 South and Central Asian nations participating in the three-day seminar.

"Nepal is against the illegal use and import of arms for any purpose," she said, pointing out that the effective control of such arms trade will help in establishing peace in the region.

The opening session was chaired by Deputy Director of UN Institute for Disarmament Research Christiane Agboton Johnson.

The meeting mainly focused on cooperation, assistance and capacity building, and made presentations on national and regional systems to regulate trade in conventional weapons, and discussions on aspects related to the establishment and enforcement of effective arms transfer control systems.

The seminar, jointly organised by UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) and the European Union (EU), was part of a series of regional events to support the negotiations of the ATT.


First Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 21:25

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