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Towards an Arms Trade Treaty:
Evaluate the situation as negotiations begin

by Michaël Favot, researcher-trainee at GRIP

25 March 2010

Three years after the vote of resolution 61/89 by the United Nations General Assembly, 153 States (including the United States) came to a conclusion once again in favor of an Arms Trade Treaty. The negotiations from now on entered their last straight line before the organization of an International Conference on an Arms Trade Treaty, planned for 2012. The stakes of the discussions to come remain important: defining categories of materials and transfers concerned, determining parameters of application, which place is to be reserved to the human rights within the Treaty. Despite everything, the hope to come an agreement is stronger than ever.

Key words: Arms Trade Treaty, ATT, conventional arms, United Nations, process, international instruments, arms trade, arms transfers..
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