UN arms trade deal blocked by key nations
A UN deal to regulate the international arms trade has suffered a serious setback.
The Australian-sponsored draft treaty was blocked by the United States, Russia, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela, who all asked for more time.
Under the proposed UN treaty, signatories would have had to evaluate if any conventional weapons they exported could be used to violate human rights or fall into the hands of organised-crime gangs.
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said he was “disappointed” that member states failed to clinch an agreement after several years of preparatory work and four weeks of negotiations.