New York, Mar 15 (IBNS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his support for a comprehensive arms trade treaty ahead of next week's United Nations conference at which representatives from 193 Member States will seek to reach agreement on this "landmark" instrument.
"I am confident that Member States will overcome their differences and muster the political will needed to agree on this landmark treaty," the Secretary-General said in a statement.
"It is our collective responsibility to put an end to the inadequate regulation of the global trade in conventional weapons - from small arms to tanks to combat aircraft."
The UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which starts on 18 March in New York, brings Member States together to continue negotiations on what is seen as the most important initiative ever regarding conventional arms regulation within the UN.
"I reiterate my support for an Arms Trade Treaty that regulates international transfers of both weapons and ammunition and provides for common standards for exporting States. These standards are important for assessing the risks that transferred weapons are not used to fuel conflict, arm criminals or abet violations of international humanitarian or human rights law," Mr. Ban said in the statement.