Foreign Ministry: Initial draft of international arms trade treaty rough

Russia calls for further drafting of an international arms trade accord. It thinks the treaty fails to meet the international document standards as yet.

The Conference on the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty took place in New York City on July 2-27. Under UN General Assembly resolution 64/48, the conference was supposed to elaborate common international standards of the transfer of conventional armaments.

"Busy work of delegations on treaty fundamentals continued practically until the last day of the conference. The conference chairman circulated the official draft on July 26 only. There was no time left for a serious discussion, not to mention negotiations on the treaty text," the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"Therefore, the chairman's document was rough and lacked in quality; it obviously failed to meet the traditionally high standards of international treaties drafted under the UN aegis. The most important is that the adoption of the document in its current edition would not assist an efficient solution of problems in the uncontrolled arms trade," the ministry said.

"The Russian delegation called for continuing the negotiations on the treaty text in order to elaborate its appropriate edition. The initiative gained support of some other participants in the conference," it noted.

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