3 June 2013, 16:41

US not about to sign UN Arms Trade Treaty – media

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The US will not sign an international Arms Trade Treaty during a signing ceremony in New York on Monday, according to the Bloomberg agency. The agency points out in a report that the US has not felt negative about the problem since Barack Obama came to the White House in 2009, still, the President is in no rush to sign the treaty.

Bloomberg quotes an official of the US National Security Council, Laura Lucas, as saying that the Administration is carefully analyzing the text of the treaty to decide if the US should sign it.

Ratification of the treaty by the US is a long-term strategy, one that could take 10 to 15 years, an Amnesty International human rights organization official, Adotei Akwei, has told the agency.

Bloomberg points out that the US is currently prepared to symbolically approve the ATT treaty, confirming that Washington has been acting in adherence with the greater part of treaty provisions by exporting small arms, rocket launchers, tanks, ships and strike helicopters.

The ATT treaty signing ceremony is scheduled to begin on Monday at 10:30 local time, or 18:30 Moscow time. The treaty will come into force if ratified by 50 UN member-states.

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