Arms treaty talks may fail on US stance
Fresh talks to secure the first global treaty on limiting the annual €63bn weapons trade could be defeated amid continued opposition from the US and other major powers.
The 193 members of the United Nations will begin 11 days of negotiations today to hammer out an agreement that would force countries to evaluate, before making a sale, whether weapons and machinery could be used for human rights violations, terrorism or crime.
But the US has yet to drop its insistence that ammunition should not be included in the ban, which was a reason for talks breaking down previously. Washington says the financial and administrative burden of keeping checks would be too onerous.