UN PASSES LAND­MARK ARMS TREATY

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The United Na­tions has over­whelm­ingly ap­proved (154-3 with 23 ab­sten­tions) a land­mark treaty reg­u­lat­ing trade in con­ven­tional arms. The legally-bind­ing treaty sets in­ter­na­tional stan­dards to reg­u­late the im­port, ex­port and trans­fer of con­ven­tional weaponsÑ from bat­tle­tanks, war­ships and at­tack helicopters to small arms and light weapons. Ma­jor arms ex­porters, such as the United States and Rus­sia, as well as ma­jor im­porters like China, In­dia and Pak­istan, took part in the ne­go­ti­a­tions. In­dia along with many other coun­tries ab­stained due to its con­cerns that ex­ist­ing con­tracts might be blocked. The pact will be open for sig­na­ture and will be­come part of in­ter­na­tional law once 50 coun­tries rat­ify it.

ICGS H-191 COM­MIS­SIONED

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