Magazine article Arms Control Today

Germany Adhering to Arms Trade Treaty

Magazine article Arms Control Today

Germany Adhering to Arms Trade Treaty

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Germany announced in January that it had decided to ap- ply the terms of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) provisionally in advance of formal ratification.

In a Jan. 22 statement, Foreign minister Frank-Walter Stein- meier said, "We hope to persuade other states to follow suit, thus making the world a little bit safer."

Germany signed the treaty last June 3, when the pact was opened for signature. (See ACT, July/August 2013.)

The statement specified that Germany would apply the ATT's core provisions, Articles 6 and 7, which establish the cri- teria for evaluating arms export applications. Germany hopes to ratify the treaty later this year, the statement said.

The ATT would regulate international trade in conventional weapons, from guns to tanks. It calls for the enforcement of arms embargoes and forbids the sale of weapons that could be used in genocide, in crimes against humanity, or by violent extremists or organized crime gangs. …

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