A new report from an international campaign for control of the arms industry calls for a comprehensive system of marking and tracing weapons and ammunition.
This report from Paul Welsh:
There are 600 million small arms and light weapons in the world today and they kill half a million people a year, according to the United Nations. But when weapons are sold illegally to groups or regimes there¿s no way to trace them back - to prosecute someone for defying international law and allowing civilians to die.
The United Nations is working on a treaty - and a two week meeting is beginning at UN headquarters, but the Control Arms campaign is worried that the results won't be tough enough. The organisation is made up of three international pressure groups who want the UN to quickly come up with a legally binding system of marking every weapon and bullet and recording every sale and resale. They say without the scheme it's impossible to hold anyone accountable for supplying arms to those who commit atrocities or crimes.
The campaigners say it's outrageous that a genetically modified crop can be traced from field to table anywhere in the world - but there's no way to keep track of lethal weapons.
Paul Welsh, BBC, London
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