UN adopts landmark arms treaty

The 193-nation UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved the first-ever treaty on global arms trade that seeks to regulate the $70bn international trade in conventional arms.

The resolution adopting the landmark treaty was approved by a vote of 154 to three, with 23 abstentions.

Al Jazeera’s Cath Turner, reporting from New York, commented that the yes votes was a “significantly high number” for this type of resolution.

As the numbers appeared on the electronic board, loud cheers filled the assembly chamber.

A group of treaty supporters sought a vote in the world body after Iran, North Korea and Syria blocked its adoption by consensus at a negotiating conference last Thursday.

The three countries voted “no” on Tuesday’s resolution.

Al Jazeera, Qatar

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