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UN to reopen debate on arms treaty

OPPOSITION:The final round of negotiations will be held in March in New York. The US National Rifle Association opposes the treaty, which would affect civilian weapons


It is not clear whether the NRA would have the same level of support from US legislators after the Newtown massacre.

US officials say they want a treaty that contributes to international security by fighting illicit arms trafficking and proliferation, but protects the sovereign right of states to conduct legitimate arms trade. The US, like all other UN member states, can effectively veto the treaty since the negotiations will be conducted on the basis of consensus. That means the treaty must receive unanimous support in order to be approved in March.

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