Group: UN arms embargoes don't work, arms treaty needed

March 20, 2013 01:45

UNITED NATIONS - UN arms embargoes inevitably fail because international arms trade is a virtual free-for-all due to the lack of regulation for the $70 billion global weapons commerce, the rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

"The United Nations Security Council arms embargoes are always flouted and circumvented and violated because the system of state regulation around the world is not strict enough," Brian Wood, Amnesty's head of arms control and human rights said on the sidelines of a UN arms treaty drafting conference."There are no common rules. Why? Because there is no arms trade treaty," Wood told reporters.

Negotiators from about 150 countries are gathering in New York through March 28 for a final push to hammer out a binding international treaty to end unregulated conventional arms sales.

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