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Opposition supports Government’s motion for the Ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty – 27th Jun 2013

shot0005The Opposition Members of the National Assembly today supported a motion put forward by the Government for the Ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty.

But the Opposition’s support did not come without a few concerns being highlighted for the Government to ensure that the correct thing is done to prevent the circulation of illicit fire arms coming into the country.

The motion was placed before the House after Guyana signed the United Nations Global Arms Trade Treaty on the 3rd of this month.

Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett said the motion will show Guyana’s commitment to the international and regional peace, security and stability in reducing human suffering due to illegal small arms.

The Arms trade Treaty seeks to establish the highest possible common international standards for regulating or improving the regulation of international trade in conventional arms and to prevent and eradicate illicit trade and its diversion.

Earlier this year the current administration couldn’t get domestic arms control legislation pass the Opposition. The lack of support resulted in the amendments being blocked on the grounds that the Home Affairs Minister is unfit to lead the security sector

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