Ghana urged to sign treaty on Arms Trade

Mr Barfuor Amoa, President of the West Africa Network on Small Arms (WAANSA), has appealed to government to ratify the United Nations Convention on Arms and Trade Treaty (ATT), to ensure effective control on the proliferation of arms in the country. Among other things, the Treaty would to a large extent, ensure effective control on the proliferation of arms in the ECOWAS sub-region and also ensure that member-countries only produce and sell weapons only after meeting specific criteria spelt out in the Treaty. �If the purchase of weapons by a member country is likely to have any negative effect on another member country, the treaty would in effect prohibit the purchase of those weapons�, he added. Mr Amoa made the appeal during a meeting with the media and civil societies to brief them on effort by WAANSA executives to lobby government to sign the ATT. He noted that so far 193 countries across the globe had rectified the treaty, adding that 50 more states were needed to rectify it to make it enforceable. He noted that Ghana had been a shining example for countries in the ECOWAS sub-region and across the world, adding that Ghana�s endorsement of the ATT would further enhance its image. He said executives of WAANSA had been able to meet with the Parliamentary Select Committee, and Ministers of the Interior, Foreign Affairs and Defence, in an effort to court their support for the ratification when cabinet met to deliberate on the ATT. �We have also been able to meet with the Ghana National Commission for Small Arms (GNACSA), to ensure coordinated efforts that Ghana signs the ATT�, he said.

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