Published: Sunday February 24, 2013 MYT 6:43:00 PM
Regional meeting to facilitate dialogue on arms trade treaty to begin Tuesday in KL
KUALA LUMPUR: The two-day Asia Regional Meeting to Facilitate Dialogue on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which will be held here from Tuesday, among others will discuss the security and humanitarian impacts of the ATT on the region.
The meeting also aims to create a dialogue among senior officials from Asia-Pacific countries to share views on the lead-up to the final United Nations (UN) Conference on ATT, which will be held in New York for 11 days from March 18, Wisma Putra said in a statement issued, here, on Sunday.
It said: "This regional meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss an overview of the ATT and negotiations to date and to exchange ideas on possible solutions to outstanding concerns.
"It will also discuss on ATT for the region, and explore the tools and available support for states to implement a treaty."
Wisma Putra said Malaysia had been active in the ATT process, and organising the regional meeting here "is a testament to the trust that the international community has in Malaysia as a country that can bridge differences, as well as being an essential player in the ATT process".
About 60 participants from 22 countries are expected to attend the meeting, which is organised with the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD), which is based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The ATT is a legally binding instrument that would seek the highest possible common international standards for the transfer of conventional arms. - Bernama