UN to hold arms trade treaty conference in March
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to hold a conference in March to try to reach agreement on a U.N. treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade.
A resolution approved late Monday by a vote of 133-0 with 17 abstentions will bring the 193 U.N. member states back to the negotiating table following their failure to reach agreement on a treaty in July.
Hopes of reaching a treaty in July were dashed when the U.S. said it needed more time to consider the proposed treaty -- and Russia and China then also asked for a delay.
The co-sponsors of Monday's resolution -- Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Finland, Japan, Kenya and Britain -- urged all countries to try to make the March 18-28 conference at U.N. headquarters a success.
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