Control Arms Coalition writes to UK Ministers on securing a strong ATT
3 September 2012
When the negotiations for an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) failed to reach agreement in July there was collective disappointment from all who had worked on it for so long. Foreign Secretary William Hague made a statement immediately afterwards, saying that the government needed to "maintain the momentum and complete this crucial work as soon as possible, taking the issue to the UN General Assembly."
The dust has now settled and governments are looking towards the First Committee of the UN General Assembly in October. Members of the Control Arms Coalition have therefore written to the UK government to encourage them to keep up the momentum and seek a strong treaty. The letter, which was sent to Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt and Department for International Development Minister Alan Duncan, contains the group’s recommendations on the way forward in order to secure a robust and effective global Arms Trade Treaty as soon as possible.