Magazine article Arms Control Today

ATT Moves Closer to Entry into Force

Magazine article Arms Control Today

ATT Moves Closer to Entry into Force

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Nine more states ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in June, bringing the total number of ratifications to 41.

That leaves the treaty needing nine more for the 50 required for entry into force. Eight countries-Australia, Austria, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Jamaica, Luxembourg, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Samoa-deposited their instruments of ratification in a ceremony at the United Nations on June 3, the first anniversary of the ATT's opening for signature. Sweden ratified the treaty on June 16.

The UN General Assembly approved the ATT on April 2, 2013, by a vote of 154-3, with Iran, North Korea, and Syria in opposition. The treaty regulates the cross-border trade in conventional arms ranging from small arms and light weapons to fighter aircraftand naval warships.

Secretary of State John Kerry signed the treaty on behalf of the United States last September. …

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