Faith groups work with UN to limit arms trade

U.S. not present for vote on agreement
Religious and peace groups have offered qualified praise for a recent nonbinding United Nations agreement on small arms that they say takes a step in efforts to curb the trade in illicit weapons.

A weeklong conference at the UN in New York ended July 18 with 134 nations agreeing to recommendations that would stipulate the marking of small arms at the point of manufacture in order to facilitate the tracing of them. The gathering also agreed on recommendations to strengthen the management of state-run arsenals, from which arms are often smuggled.

“Today’s agreement is a significant step forward for the international effort to tackle the illicit gun trade,” Rebecca Peters, director of the London-based International Action Network on Small Arms, said in a postconference statement.


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