Nat’l Assembly approves motion to ratify Arms Treaty

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues - Birkett.

Parliamentarians this afternoon approved a motion, paving the way for Government to ratify the Arms and Trade Treaty, which the country had signed onto.

The motion was put forward by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues and received full support from the Alliance for Change and A Partnership for National Unity.

According to Minister Rodrigues, the treaty fills a critical gap in the international law, as it relates to the transfer of arms.

Speaking on behalf of APNU was Africo Selman, who pointed out that the motion is timely, since Guyana has witnessed its fair share of unknown killings.

Additionally, AFC’s Moses Nagamootoo stated that the mere signing of a treaty of this magnitude will make the world a safer place.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the arms trade treaty on April 2, 2013. The Treaty seeks to establish the highest possible common international standards for regulating or improving the regulation of international trade in conventional arms and to prevent and eradicate illicit trade and its diversion.