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New York, September 24, 2013

 

President Santos signed the Arms Trade Treaty

President Juan Manuel Santos joined the ceremony of signature and deposit of instruments of ratification and accession to sign, on behalf of the Government of Colombia, the Arms Trade Treaty, on the frame of the 68th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Colombia welcomes that the General Assembly of the United Nations approved on April 2013, the text of the Arms Trade Treaty, as a result of the Final Conference held in New York on March 2013.

This decision of the Assembly is a milestone for the control of conventional arms trade because, to date, there was no legally binding instrument with common international standards that would regulate such transfers.

This gap in international law contributed to weapons that were legally purchased from the diversion to the illicit market, contributing to increased violence in many countries, including Colombia.

Colombia has taken an important first step that will certainly have a positive impact on the lives of millions of people worldwide, also contributing to peace and security. Colombia is committed to the spirit of this Treaty, and work for its early entry into force and effective implementation.

Colombia has taken an important first step that will certainly have a positive impact on the lives of millions of people worldwide, also contributing to peace and security. Colombia is committed to the spirit of this Treaty, and work for its early entry into force and effective implementation.