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Costa Rica applied UN Arms Trade Treaty

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The president of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla announced yesterday that she will enforce the United Nations (UN) Arms Trade Treaty unilaterally.

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Ms. Chinchilla said the decision has already been communicated to the international community during one of the activities that took place during her visit to the UN. The agreement, approved by the UN General Assembly last April 2, provides procedures and structures needed to develop traffic records of firearms, ammunition and components.

The goal, Ms. Chinchilla explained, is to prevent weapons, ammunition and components "falling into the hands of people who abuse human rights issues and violations of international humanitarian law".

Costa Rica approved the agreement on September 4th with a unanimous vote in the Legislature. The United Nations measure aims to promote peace and security through the curb arms flows to conflict zones and is expected to enter into force globally in two years.

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