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Romania signs Arms Trade Treaty at the UN headquarters in New York


Romania on Monday signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is the first international legal instrument that regulates this field at global level, during a ceremony to take place at the UN headquarters in New York, informs the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE).

The document was signed by the Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, Ambassador Simona Miculescu.

‘The signing of the ATT has deep significations related to the responsibility of the states involved in the international trade with conventional weapons, estimated to be worth 60 billion American dollars annually, related to the combating of the illegal trade and reaching of an adequate level of transparency in the field. After its coming into force, the ATT is expected to reduce the impact of using conventional weapons on the civil population in the conflict areas, in the context in which 500,000 civilians were killed annually in those conflicts, while it is also expected to prevent the violation of the embargo regimes imposed by the UN Security Council in regard to the buying or selling of weapons', the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Titus Corlatean underlined.

Ever since 2006, Romania has been actively participating in the UN negotiation process and in the process of adaptation to this new international agreement. ‘The main argument in favour of Romania singing and subsequently ratifying this major treaty is given by the advanced national standards in the control of operations with weapons, legalized and applied in Romania ever since 1992', said Corlatean.

Romania ranking 3rd worldwide in terms of arms trade transparency, after Switzerland and the UK, represents another reason for accelerating the national procedures to express the country's willingness to become part of this new treaty, said MAE.

The abovementioned Treaty will enter into force following its ratification by 50 states. Romania is one of 154 countries members of the UN that, on April 2, voted in favour of the ATT, while also actively participating in the two diplomatic conferences devoted to the negotiation of the text of the Treaty.