France welcomes the entry into force today of the Arms Trade Treaty within a particularly short time frame following its adoption on April 2, 2013. This reflects the international community’s ability to swiftly mobilize its efforts with respect to the key issues of security and peace.
Sixty states are now party to this treaty. France continues to call on all states that have not yet done so to ratify this text as soon as possible. As such, we welcome the signing of the treaty last week by Andorra, Israel and Zimbabwe as well as the ratification of the treaty by three EU member states (Lithuania, the Netherlands and Poland), underlining the key role played by the EU.
The entry into force of the treaty is a historic step, marking the culmination of a long process aimed at effectively regulating the legal arms trade and strengthening the fight against illicit trafficking. The implementation of the treaty is now essential, especially in the regions most affected by the trafficking of small arms and light weapons. France, together with its EU partners, will do its utmost to achieve this goal.