France signs Arms Trade Treaty
Arms Trade Treaty – Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Paris, 3 June 2013
France signed the Arms Trade Treaty today in New York. She welcomes the fact that many other members of the international community, notably within the European Union, have taken the same step, once again expressing their support for this text.
The adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty on 2 April, by a very large majority, marked the completion of a long negotiation process. By signing this treaty, we begin a new phase: that of the universalization and the implementation of the treaty. France looks forward to the swift entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty, which is a major step forward for human rights, humanitarian law and international stability.
France highlights the important work carried out with all our partners, as well as with members of civil society. She would like to continue this cooperation in order to implement the treaty./.