St. Lucia signs Small Arms Trade Treaty with the USA

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St. Lucia signs Small Arms Trade Treaty with the USA
Saint Lucia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Menissa Rambally
Saint Lucia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Menissa Rambally

Saint Lucia has signed the Arms Trade Treaty on the first day that it opened for signature.

Menissa Rambally, ambassador and permanent representative of Saint Lucia to the United Nations (UN), joined more than 65 countries (10 from the CARICOM) in signing the landmark treaty regulating the multi-billion-dollar global arms trade, on Monday, June 3, 2013 at the United Nations.

The signing by so many states on the first day provides a strong opening to the first international campaign to stop the illicit trade in weapons that fuel conflicts and extremists.

Following the signing, Rambally stated that “the treaty is a major step in building a defense against the weak, non-existent global regulations that facilitate the free flow of arms and ammunition into the hands of local criminals”.

Saint Lucia has participated actively at the UN for over seven years, negotiating the text of the treaty in the lead up to its opening for signature.

The treaty will require countries that ratify it to establish national regulations to control the transfer of conventional arms and components and to regulate arms brokers, but will not control the domestic use of weapons in any country.

It prohibits the transfer of conventional weapons if they violate arms embargoes or if they promote acts of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes, and if they could be used in attacks on civilians or civilian buildings such as schools and hospitals.

Signatures are the first step to ratification and the treaty will take effect 90 days after the 50th country ratifies it.

The Treaty can be accessed at http://treaties.un.org.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah, tell the Yanks to keep all their f*****g guns on their soil, we've had enough gun violence.

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  2. Now this is a joke right, I didn't know we produced weapons in this country. Did I see the word Genocide being used lol

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  3. Really? ....It's a joke that the biggest supplier wants to be the major regulator. Pretty sure the prohibition will only apply to suppliers from certain regions and whose companies are not owned by the nationals of certain powers

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  4. John, How people like you even exist is beyond me. Please take some time and do some research befor posting in a public forum. You sound like a royal Donkey right now.

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    • Hey jackass. The US is the biggest exporter of weapons legal and illegal. Its because of idiots like you so much crap goes in the world. You're asking the bloody wolf to make the rules to the chicken coup. Idiot.

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  5. "US offers Syrian rebels 'military support"

    Why do countries support such hypocrisy is beyond me. Get some balls already

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