The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) sets out to regulate the international trade in conventional weapons. It has been in the process of negotiation for over ten years and in order to come into force required the ratification of at least 50 countries.
Following last night’s ratification of the 52nd country to the agreement the Treaty will now come into force on December 24 this year.
‘This is great news and a positive step towards world peace,’ stated David Martin, Scotland’s senior European MP.
Earlier this year Mr Martin was the rapporteur (lead legislator) on the Treaty for the European Parliament, and drafted the report that saw the Parliament vote in favour of giving parliamentary consent to all 28 EU Member States ratifying the Treaty.
The Arms Trade Treaty is the first global agreement on the trade in conventional weapons. It is an opportunity to establish binding international rules and move closer to eradicating the illicit trade of weapons to areas where there is a possibility for genocide or abuse of human rights.
‘When my Report was passed in the European Parliament I argued that the European Union (EU) now had an important responsibility to lead the global ratification of this Treaty and use our collective influence to engage the key countries for its implementation,’ explained Mr Martin.
‘This has come to pass and is an illustration of what a powerful player the EU is becoming in World Politics,’ stated Scotland’s senior MEP.
‘I would now urge the European External Action Service to be global leaders in the interpretation and implementation of the Treaty, and encourage other countries, especially those that are major arms traders, like the United States, to also ratify.’