Senior Red Cross Official Touts Importance of Implementing Arms Trade Treaty

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 22 (Jiji Press)--Helen Durham, law and policy head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, told Jiji Press on Wednesday that implementing the Arms Trade Treaty is important.

"The creation of a treaty is just the first step," Durham said. "The hard work is getting states to agree to follow the treaty and then developing domestic law and domestic regulations to make the treaty real."

Durham is visiting Japan to attend a meeting of ATT signatories that started in Tokyo on Monday for a five-day run.

Although the treaty urges countries to regulate imports and exports of arms such as guns, militant groups in Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan and other countries still obtain sufficient weapons, causing continuing battles across the globe.

Pointing out that weapon supplier countries do exist, Durham said that such countries "need to take responsibility" for ensuring that the weapons cannot be used to create war crimes.

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