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PostSubject: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:37 pm


U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade

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WASHINGTON | Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:56pm EDT
(Reuters) - The United States reversed policy on Wednesday and said it would back launching talks on a treaty to regulate arms sales as long as the talks operated by consensus, a stance critics said gave every nation a veto.
The decision, announced in a statement released by the U.S. State Department, overturns the position of former President George W. Bush's administration, which had opposed such a treaty on the grounds that national controls were better.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States would support the talks as long as the negotiating forum, the so-called Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, "operates under the rules of consensus decision-making."

"Consensus is needed to ensure the widest possible support for the Treaty and to avoid loopholes in the Treaty that can be exploited by those wishing to export arms irresponsibly," Clinton said in a written statement.

While praising the Obama administration's decision to overturn the Bush-era policy and to proceed with negotiations to regulate conventional arms sales, some groups criticized the U.S. insistence that decisions on the treaty be unanimous.

"The shift in position by the world's biggest arms exporter is a major breakthrough in launching formal negotiations at the United Nations in order to prevent irresponsible arms transfers," Amnesty International and Oxfam International said in a joint statement.

However, they said insisting that decisions on the treaty be made by consensus "could fatally weaken a final deal."

"Governments must resist US demands to give any single state the power to veto the treaty as this could hold the process hostage during the course of negotiations. We call on all governments to reject such a veto clause," said Oxfam International's policy adviser Debbie Hillier.

The proposed legally binding treaty would tighten regulation of, and set international standards for, the import, export and transfer of conventional weapons.

Supporters say it would give worldwide coverage to close gaps in existing regional and national arms export control systems that allow weapons to pass onto the illicit market.

Nations would remain in charge of their arms export control arrangements but would be legally obliged to assess each export against criteria agreed under the treaty. Governments would have to authorize transfers in writing and in advance.

The main opponent of the treaty in the past was the U.S. Bush administration, which said national controls were better. Last year, the United States accounted for more than two-thirds of some $55.2 billion in global arms transfer deals.

Arms exporters China, Russia and Israel abstained last year in a U.N. vote on the issue.

The proposed treaty is opposed by conservative U.S. think tanks like the Heritage Foundation, which said last month that it would not restrict the access of "dictators and terrorists" to arms but would be used to reduce the ability of democracies such as Israel to defend their people.

The U.S. lobbying group the National Rifle Association has also opposed the treaty.

A resolution before the U.N. General Assembly is sponsored by seven nations including major arms exporter Britain. It calls for preparatory meetings in 2010 and 2011 for a conference to negotiate a treaty in 2012.

(Editing by Eric Beech)



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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:38 pm

The absolute most we can hope for now is that this bunch of babbling idiots are gone prior to the treaty being signed and enacted!!! JMHO!!

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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:26 pm

There will be only bad things happening if this comes to be.
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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:12 am

I agree! Do not see anything good about this treaty business!!!

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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:45 pm

They want us to be defenseless, so we will fall to a strong enemy like russia china or the muslim shit heads.
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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:14 pm

I may be a lot of things but defenseless is not one of them!!! JMHO!!

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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:32 pm

I wish I could say the same. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:50 am

And as more info comes out about the treaty process it becomes more clear that control of some of our country's laws would be subject to international scrutiny and interpretation!! THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE IN ANY WAY SHAPE FORM OR FASHION!!! TWIT!!!

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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:09 pm

How can we ever let some other country dictate policy to us!!! That's a damn insult. After we saved their asses in 2 world wars, they should be kissing our grits in thanks. Let the russians, chinese or them frigging musloms take them over the coals and see how quickly they call for help.
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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:39 pm

Well that is exactly what is happening and they are still trying to do away with the 2nd Amendment through a treaty!!! Wrong wrong wrong!!! JMHO!!

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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:25 pm

It's more then wrong, it will wind up being the demise of many inocent people. IMO
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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:22 am

May be but I do not see our country allowing that to happen! Do not believe for a minute that some other country or group of countries will ever be allowed to dictate to our citizens what their laws or governing control over the citizens will be!! TWIT!!!

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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:00 pm

They will try. It is up to us to squash them by any means available.
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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:53 am

Too many of the Senators and Representatives have become aware of the attempt to use the treaty situation to overcome the RKBA of the citizens. I believe it will be dead in the water before it gets into the House and Senate for a full vote!!! JMHO!!!

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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:34 pm

It better, because Me thinks that their is plenty of residents that are not going to respect their ruling. Did you ever think of just how much fire power is out their? I'm not talking about handguns and long guns, but bigger stuff that has been stashed since the early 20th century. Serious stuff, and Me thinks the owners are just as serious. IMO
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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:22 pm

I believe you are correct!!! LMAO!!

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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:48 pm

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PostSubject: Re: U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade   Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:29 pm

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