On the 26th of September the Foreign Secretary in the United Kingdom with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Minister for Trade of Sweden issued a press statement regarding the ATT. They stated that “We believe the best way to achieve our objectives is for the negotiation process to continue in the framework of the United Nations, and include all relevant stakeholders. It must build on the progress already achieved in July, taking the latest draft Treaty text as the basis for any future discussions. We would like to see a new mandate from the General Assembly of the United Nations to hold a second conference as early as possible in 2013”.
ASD has since the start of the UN process in 2006 followed and supported the work, including having representation in New York throughout the different negotiation phases, in order to achieve a treaty that takes into account the particular concerns of the European Aerospace and Defence industry.
Welcoming the statement made by the Ministers, Michael von Gizycki, Secretary General of ASD said: “We firmly believe that this historic possibility to set a landmark in global standards for export control, governing the global trade in conventional arms must be taken. It is important that progress already made regarding the treaty text and rules of procedures will form the base for an additional UN conference to finalize the work with reaching final consensus”.
EU Aerospace and Defence industries already operate under strict EU and national laws and regulations. ASD very much looks forward to a future where global standards set by the treaty govern all players in the legitimate arms industry. It should be noted that European industry already operates to higher control standards than those called for under an Arms Trade Treaty.
ASD, with its national member associations, stands ready to once again participate in the UN framework, contributing with its expertise, to support national governments and European institutions.