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An arms control activist places fake tombstones along the East river during the talks in New York. Photograph: Reuters
Arms trade treaty failure is disappointing, says William Hague
Foreign secretary says he hopes treaty is still a possibility after 170 countries fail to reach consensus in New York
The British foreign secretary, William Hague, has said he is disappointed by the failure of negotiations to secure a United Nations arms tradetreaty but hopes it remains a possibility.
More than 170 countries have spent the past month in New Yorknegotiating a treaty, which needed to be adopted by consensus, so any one country could in effect veto a deal. Instead, officials on Friday decided to take no decision on a draft treaty.
This leaves the door open for further talks and a draft arms trade treaty could be brought to the 193-nation United Nations general assembly and adopted with a two-thirds majority vote. Diplomats said there could be a vote by the end of the year.
One person every minute dies from armed violence around the world, and arms control activists say a convention is needed to prevent illicitly traded guns from pouring into conflict zones and fuelling wars and atrocities. They cite conflicts in Syria and elsewhere as examples of why a treaty is necessary.
While most states favoured a strong treaty, activists said there was a small minority of states, including Syria, North Korea, Iran, Egypt and Algeria, who opposed arms control throughout the negotiations.
But ultimately, arms-control activists blamed the United States and Russia for the inability to reach a decision on Friday, as both countries said there was not enough time left for them to clarify and resolve issues they had with the draft treaty.

An arms control activist places fake tombstones along the East river during the talks in New York. Photograph: Reuters

Arms trade treaty failure is disappointing, says William Hague

Foreign secretary says he hopes treaty is still a possibility after 170 countries fail to reach consensus in New York

The British foreign secretary, William Hague, has said he is disappointed by the failure of negotiations to secure a United Nations arms tradetreaty but hopes it remains a possibility.

More than 170 countries have spent the past month in New Yorknegotiating a treaty, which needed to be adopted by consensus, so any one country could in effect veto a deal. Instead, officials on Friday decided to take no decision on a draft treaty.

This leaves the door open for further talks and a draft arms trade treaty could be brought to the 193-nation United Nations general assembly and adopted with a two-thirds majority vote. Diplomats said there could be a vote by the end of the year.

One person every minute dies from armed violence around the world, and arms control activists say a convention is needed to prevent illicitly traded guns from pouring into conflict zones and fuelling wars and atrocities. They cite conflicts in Syria and elsewhere as examples of why a treaty is necessary.

While most states favoured a strong treaty, activists said there was a small minority of states, including Syria, North Korea, Iran, Egypt and Algeria, who opposed arms control throughout the negotiations.

But ultimately, arms-control activists blamed the United States and Russia for the inability to reach a decision on Friday, as both countries said there was not enough time left for them to clarify and resolve issues they had with the draft treaty.

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    This picture just goes to show how poorly gun control works. Law abiding citizens can not get firearms in NYC, yet...
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