UN Council Speaks Out Against Arms Trafficking

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24, (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday endorsed sweeping gun-control measures, including a ban on private ownership of assault rifles, in a bid to curb civil wars, ethnic massacres and terrorism.

Will not legally binding, the action is intended to increase the pressure on world government to impose stricter gun control measures and reduce the arms trade.

“The proliferation of small arms, ammunition and explosives has also aggravated the violence associated with terrorism and organized crime.

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced: “The United States will refrain from selling arms to regions of conflict not already covered by arms embargoes. We encourage other nations to establish and observe such moratoria.

Albright called for a global crack down on arms trafficking, citing U.S. laws forbidding its citizens from brokering illicit deals anywhere in the world.

 Source: Associated Press

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