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The Slovak Republic placed its instrument of ratification of Arms Trade Treaty at the UN, 2. 4. 2014

The Slovak Republic placed its instrument of ratification of Arms Trade Treaty at the UN, 2. 4. 2014

In the UN seat in New York, the ratification instrument of the Slovak Republic on the historic Arms Trade Treaty was placed with the Depositary – UN Secretary-General today (April 2, 2014). In doing so, Slovakia officially met the ratification conditions and confirmed its interest in belonging at the forefront of the international community in the efforts aimed at setting common legal standards of regulation and monitoring of the international trade with conventional weapons. The official ceremony was held on the occasion of the first anniversary of adopting the Arms Trade Treaty.

Together with the Slovakia´s ratification document, the documents of another 16 EU member countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom) and El Salvador were placed there as well. By this act today, the Treaty – being the first global agreement on regulation of trade in conventional weapons – has been ratified by 31 countries so far. After the 50th country places the ratification document with the Depositary, the Treaty will become valid 90 days later.

The Slovak Republic, as well as the European Union, hopes this happens by the end of this year.