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US holds key to closing loopholes in Arms Trade Treaty

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Published on Jul 25, 2012

After three weeks of talks to hammer out a deal at the UN in New York, a draft treaty text was published on Tuesday 24 July 2012. Governments will now enter into three days of intense negotiations as they look to reach an agreement by Friday.

Major loopholes in the draft text include ammunition not being subject to tight decision-making controls, an array of weapons, munitions and related equipment not being covered, as well as the treaty only applying to the international trade of conventional arms instead of all international transfers including gifts and aid.

Verity Coyle of Amnesty International UK reports back from NYC about the role states such as USA and China have in these last few days of negotiation for a strong and robust Arms Trade Treaty.

You can follow Verity on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/veritycoyle/

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