Yesterday the first treaty of international global arms and trade of $70 billion was taken over by the General Assembly of the United States after a voting session that worked amidst the debate of US regarding gun control. This treaty is reported to have been permitted by a tally of 154-3 voting which is undoubtedly more than two third in respect to the total members counting to 193. While 23 nations were abstained, countries such as Iran, Syria and North Korea voted against the treaty pact.
Though the treaty was backed and supported by the government of US after rectification by the Senate of the nation, there is doubt that the treaty might not get submitted in the chamber rightly. It was observed that the National Rifle Association has pushed against the pact, added with the Senate having a symbolic voting cast against it.
After years of negotiations being hammered out, this treaty and agreement is expected to stop the shipment of cross border arms and weapons, which includes small arms to big ones such as launchers, tanks, attack helicopters and warships to name a few. It is feared that these arms and ammunition can be used to excite terrorism and crimes against humanity with violation of rules and regulations.
It is pleasing for US to see that the General Assembly of United Nations has permitted and accepted a strong and prominent treaty against arms and weapons, said John Kelly, the US Secretary of State. He adds that this treaty will successfully assist in reducing the risk of international transfer of various arms which can be carried out to indulge in the worst of world crimes such as terrorism, wars, killing etc.
It is expected that the next step for the members of UN will be to go for a sign up of treaty with changes and rectifications. As per rules, with approval from 50 countries, the treaty will be ready to go into effect.
Though there were lots of talks about the agreement of the sale of multilateral arms, it is seen that only after Obama’s election in the year of 2009, US which is one of the largest exporter of arms has truly stood for its opposition. Though the treaty for opposition related to export of arms was long pending, US truly stepped forward only after Obama took over as president of US in 2009.
As per the revelation of a US official who is updated about this ongoing issue, it is expected that even though Obama will be signing the treaty, the senate does not plan to place it to the administration for changes. Not willing to be named, the source also says that there are internal debates regarding this treaty currently. On the other hand, spokesman of the White House Jay Carrey refused to make any administrative comment.