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'Historic' arms trade regulation

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The United Nations will try to reach a deal today to regulate the global arms trade which is worth £50bn every year.

Anna MacDonald, head of arms control at Oxfam, said it was "an historic moment" as it is "the first time that there's been global regulation on the conventional arms trade".

Speaking to the Today programme, she explained that it will be the first time that governments will be required to consider arms deals against international human rights law.

Col Bob Stewart, who is on the parliamentary committee on arms export controls, agreed that the treaty is "a good thing" but believed it will be "difficult to police" and fears that certain regimes will not abide by the regulation.


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