Parliamentarians for Global Action called for a strong Arms Trade Treaty here at the UN in New York yesterday. At an event sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Finland, the Control Arms coalition member reinforced the need to close the loopholes in the draft treaty text. They also highlighted the important role legislators will play in the entry into force of future Treaty.

Yusuf Ziya Ýrbeç of Turkey said: “Illicit trade and excessive accumulation of small arms threatens the peace, security and economic and social development of the country. Neighboring Syria, Turkey is particularly affected by this problem.”

The event was attended by journalists all over the world. Attending from PGA were Yusuf Zira Irbec of Turkey, Margareta Cederfelt of Sweden, Riitta Resch of Finland, Irene Addo Torshie of Ghana, Lyndira Oudit of Trinidad & Tobago, Lamine Thiam of Senegal and Mark Pritchard of the UK.

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