30 Jul '12, 3pm

Mexico on #ArmsTreaty says consensus "makes it impossible to reach agreements when there is broad & clear support"

MEXICO CITY — Mexico on July 28 criticized the failure of U.N. member states to clinch an international treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar arms trade, saying a minority of countries blocked it. In a statement, the Mexican foreign ministry highlighted a requirement that a consensus of the 193 members of the United Nations agree to the text. The rule “makes it impossible to reach agreements when there is broad and clear support, which is nullified by the opposition of a minority of states,” it said in the statement. The negotiations at the United Nations ended July 27 without agreement on the proposed treaty to regulate the estimated $70 billion of international trade in conventional weapons each year. Some diplomats said Washington had refused to vote on the proposed treaty, demanding more time before the midnight deadline amid worries about a pushback from the U.S. ...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120729/DEFREG02/3072...

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