On 7 November Italy voted in favour of a General Assembly resolution in the United Nations on the resumption of negotiations for an international conventional weapons trade treaty. We appreciated the broad consensus the resolution garnered, with votes in favour coming even from major nations such as China, India and the United Nations.
Shared rules and principles
The resolution convenes a meeting from 18 to 28 March 2013 of a final United Nations conference tasked with completing negotiations on the text drafted in New York in July. The treaty will have to be based on the highest shared international principles and rules in order to contribute to increased security and stability by reducing the number of innocent people victimised by armed conflict.
Italy has always been in the forefront in efforts toward the adoption of tough international laws on international weapons trading, and we are committed to the success of the March conference. The time has come for a strong, balanced and effective treaty that makes it possible to counteract the serious consequences of illegal arms trafficking.