Iran envoy: UN missed chance on strong arms control

Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani

Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani

Press TV- (Fri Apr 5, 2013)A strong Arms Trade Treaty was always important to Iran — according to its chief negotiator at the Arms Trade Treaty talks last month at the UN.

But Iran’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN — G. Hossein Dehghani — says nations were presented with an unbalanced text full of flaws and loopholes — and told by the President of the Arms Trade Treaty conference to “take it or leave it.”
Late last week in the UN General Assembly — Iran — Syria — and North Korea voted against the draft — with Iran having already spoken out about a lack of language concerning weapons deals with non-state parties.
But nations representing half the world’s populations abstained — wanting nothing to do with the treaty. In their statements — states like China — Russia and India expressed their concerns about the exact same flaws as Iran.
Dehghani called the treaty a political document disguised as an Arms Trade Treaty.
He adds that elemental flaws remained in the draft — such as no language concerning right to self-determination or people who are under occupation — such as Palestinians. 
Dehghani is careful to point out too that the treaty draft was short on definitive language — especially for terms like “Aggression.” 
Those omissions — he says — make for a flimsy agreement.
Another massive concern of the member states who voted no or abstained was the lack of language concerning weapons deals to non-states parties. Several Latin American countries abstained on that concern due to recent proxy wars in places like Nicaragua and El Salvador. 
Perhaps most outspoken on that point was Syria.

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