Envoy Acharya calls for robust Arms Trade Treaty

KATHMANDU: For Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations, Gyan Chandra Acharya, an Arms Trade Treaty should adopt the highest possible common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms while ensuring the right of all states to manufacture, develop, acquire, import, export, transfer and retain conventional arms for self-defence and security needs.

While delivering a statement at the UN Conference on Arms Trade Treaty on Friday, Acharya reminded that millions of lives and livelihoods have perished, and serious violations of fundamental human rights have occurred due to irresponsible and illicit transfer of weapons and munitions around the troubled parts of the world.

Many reports have highlighted that billions of dollars economic loss is occurred every year due to wars, civil wars, and insurgence and armed conflict, said Acharya.

“By way of concluding a ‘strong and robust’ Arms Trade Treaty, we could help reverse this process,”

He also underscored that a robust Arms Trade Treaty would contribute to preventing the illicit trade of conventional arms including small arms and weapons and related items and thereby save millions of lives from the scourge of armed conflicts and release some resources for peace, prosperity and development.

On the occasion, he recalled that Nepal had an opportunity to host a Regional Seminar in 2010 in Kathmandu for the exchanges of views among countries in South and Central Asian region on Arms Trade Treaty.

The United Nations Conference on Arms Trade Treaty is being held from 2-27 July 2012 at UN headquarters in New York with a view to concluding an Arms Trade Treaty.THT

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