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Iran backs UN’s Arms Trade Treaty _ Ahmadinejad

Saturday, March 30, 2013

IRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Islamic Republic supports the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty to regulate the global trade of conventional arms.

Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday.

Iran has been a victim of terrorism and fully supports the treaty, the Iranian President stated.

“Controlling transportation of arms in the world can help the international security a lot,” he said, adding that measures could be taken to further improve a draft, being prepared by UN members in New York.

The draft text was circulated to the states participating in a conference that began in New York City on March 22.

The treaty drafting conference will continue at UN’s headquarters through Thursday in an attempt to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade.

In the last round of talks held in New York from July 2 to 27, 2012, the members could not reach an agreement on the treaty text.

The treaty would impose tough new standards for all cross-border transfers of any type of conventional weapons.

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