Mexico expects agreement on arms trade treaty fine print at meeting

8/24/15 Reuters

Via Flickr - Pithawat Vachiramon
Via Flickr – Pithawat Vachiramon

Signatories of a major treaty aimed at regulating the international arms trade should agree a number of key steps for its implementation at a conference this week, host nation Mexico said on Sunday.

Officials from over 100 governments are expected to attend the first conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a pact to regulate the trade that took force in December but has yet to agree fine print on how it will be implemented.

During the Aug. 24-27 meetings in the Mexican resort of Cancun, signatories are hoping to set out rules of procedure for the ATT and discuss the financing of a secretariat that will oversee efforts to police the multi-billion dollar business.

“We expect to reach agreement on all the issues on the agenda,” said Jorge Lomonaco, Mexico’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, who is overseeing the conference. Among the issues on which Lomonaco expressed optimism were agreeing on a financial regime for the states parties to the ATT and the basis for decision making within it, he said. Arms control groups hope decisions by the states parties will be made by majority vote, rather than unanimity, which would give individual countries an effective veto.

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Mexico Loosening Rules for Armed U.S. Agents

6/8/19 The Texas Tribune

CBP_Border_Patrol_agent_reads_the_Miranda_rights_After decades of forbidding foreign law enforcement officers from carrying weapons on Mexican soil, the Mexican government is on the verge of allowing U.S. agents to carry guns in places where they help speed the flow of goods between the two countries.

Texas lawmakers are celebrating the move as a significant step toward increasing trade, and say Mexico is also expected to draw up new rules allowing security personnel for visiting dignitaries to obtain permits to carry weapons.

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Op-ed: Arms Control in the US? – Mexico Institute in the News

Andrew Selee, Op-ed, El Universal, 1/6/2013
This Article is in Spanish

Andrew Selee NPRPocos temas han sido tan sensibles en la relación entre México y Estados Unidos como el de las armas que entran con tanta facilidad de norte a sur.

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