Coalition calls for global arms agreement in 2006

Anita Pati

The Control Arms Campaign has said it is determined to ensure an international arms treaty is finally struck in 2006.

The campaign coalition of Oxfam International, Amnesty International and the International Action Network on Small Arms attended the UN preparatory committee meeting on Monday to demand that all member states lay the groundwork for a set of global principles in advance of June's landmark conference on small arms.

The coalition believes the UN conference should include the control of all weapons, not just small arms, and asks why no comprehensive international treaty exists on arms transfer, while such treaties do exist for the transfer of postage stamps and dinosaur bones.

The campaign is gathering one million photographs of supporters' faces on its website to deliver to the conference and project onto the side of the UN building. It has collected 650,000 so far.

A 100-day countdown to the event will start on 18 March, with activities co-ordinated across the world.

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