The United States supports the outcome today at the Arms Trade Treaty Conference. While the Conference ran out of time to reach consensus on a text, it will report its results and the draft text considered back to the UN General
Assembly (UNGA). The United States supports a second round of negotiations, conducted on the basis of consensus, on the Treaty next year; it does not support a vote in the UNGA on the current text. The illicit trafficking of conventional arms is an important
national security concern for the United States. While the country sought to conclude this month’s negotiations with a Treaty, more time is a reasonable request for such a complex and critical issue. The current text reflects considerable positive progress,
but it needs further review and refinement.
With that in mind, the US will continue to work towards an Arms Trade Treaty that will contribute to international security, protect the sovereign right of states to conduct legitimate arms trade, and meet the objectives and concerns
that the country has been articulating throughout the negotiation, including not infringing on the constitutional right of its citizens to bear arms. The United States took a stand throughout these negotiations that international trade in conventional arms
is a legitimate enterprise that is and should remain regulated by the individual nations themselves, and America continue to believe that any Arms Trade Treaty should require states to develop their own national regulations and controls and strengthen the
rule of law regarding arms sales.