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Ratification of Arms Trade Treaty a welcome step, says Bonino

“I am delighted to hear of today’s ratification of the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a step that is particularly significant since our Parliament’s approval comes during General Assembly week”. This was the comment by Foreign Minister Emma Bonino, in New York with Prime Minister Letta to represent Italy at the United Nations. “This result bears witness to the huge importance placed by Italy, the first country, with Germany, to complete the ratification procedures, on the issue of regulating the arms trade.”, added Minister Bonino.

“The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty arose from the need to make the trade more transparent and more secure by introducing principles and criteria to oversee the movement of these materials and to combat illegal trafficking”.

“Our country is one of the most active in encouraging the highest possible number of countries to sign the ATT. Italy is also raising awareness in the European Parliament. The goal there is the rapid adoption of the necessary Council decision that will enable EU member states to deposit their instruments of ratification with the United Nations and help reach the minimum number of 50 signatories for the Treaty to enter into force.”

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