Thursday, 17 April 2014
March 6, 2009, UNITED NATIONS (NEW YORK): – Stating that the global trade in arms called for "global controls," Lennox Daniel, Deputy Permanent Representative (DPR) of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations, called for urgent action on enacting an effect arms trade treaty to combat the transit and transfer of weapons.
Speaking at the Open Ended Working Group Towards an Arms Trade Treaty, DPR Daniel aligned Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with other Caribbean countries in calling for prompt and effective controls on the global arms trade.
"Global trade needs global controls," said Mr. Daniel. "The time to establish an effective international regime consisting of common standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms is now."
The Vincentian envoy also called for any arms treaty to include controls on the trade in small arms and light weapons, which have a particular negative impact on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the wider Caribbean. "We wish to suggest that the scope [of the proposed treaty] be widened to include all types of conventional arms and related components," he said. "Our delegation has a particular interest in the inclusion of small arms and light weapons, and ammunition under this umbrella."
"Too often, the ready availability of arms and ammunition to non-state actors has led to tragic results," said Mr. Daniel. "The violence associated with the misuse of diverted arms in the Caribbean, and especially in my own country, has seriously impaired our poverty reduction initiatives and our overall socioeconomic development."
To view the text of DPR Daniel's Statement on the Arms Trade Treaty, click HERE