Wednesday, September 18, 2013



Senate Approves Arms Trade Treaty

Organización Editorial Mexicana
September 18, 2013

Bertha Becerra C. / El Sol de Mexico

Mexico City

Mexico City. - To prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional weapons and preventing their diversion in order to contribute to peace, security and stability in the regional and international levels, reduce human suffering and promote cooperation, transparency and responsible action by states Parties in the international trade in conventional arms, the Senate approved with 80 votes for and 5 votes against, the arms Trade Treaty, which was adopted last April at General Assembly United Nations.

The president of the Commission of Foreign Affairs, International Organizations, Laura Angelica Hernandez Rojas (PAN) said the Mexican legislators work does not end with this ratification but the commission headed forums or try to hold meetings with Latin American Congress' to search ratify this instrument that does not come into full effect until it is validated in 50 countries.

By basing the opinion of the Albiceleste lawmaker said that in Mexico it is estimated that there are 15.5 million weapons in private possession.  

SHe said the Ministry of National Defense in its records in 2011 was 2.5 million weapons. This is that there are about 13 million guns is not known with certainty in the hands of who they are or for what they are used.

The ratification of this treaty by Mexico, will fill a legal vacuum important because conventional weapons were not part of any mandatory enforcement regime, he said.


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