Statement by H.E.Mr. Sumio Tarui
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Head of the Delegation of
to the Conference on Disarmament
At the Meeting of the First Committee
during the 62nd Session of the General Assembly
Thematic Discussion: Conventional Weapons
Distinguished delegates, (Small Arms and Light Weapons)
It is to be
acknowledged that the issue of small arms and light weapons (SALW) is one of
the most critical problems being faced by the international community. In this connection,
Although last year’s UN Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects was unable to reach agreement on further efforts at the global level, the PoA remains the most important international framework for tackling illicit small arms. Bearing in mind that 500,000 people lose their lives to small arms every year, we must continue to enhance the implementation of the PoA at the national, regional and international levels.
From this perspective,
in March this year
A biennial meeting of States is
scheduled to be held next year. It
will be the first official meeting since the 2006 Conference to Review the Implementation
of the PoA, and it is necessary to strengthen our endeavors
towards the issue of SALW in this meeting.
Last year’s resolution on small arms and light weapons decided that the
meeting of States to consider the implementation of the International
Instrument on Tracing shall be held within the framework of the BMS. Moreover, the aforementioned report of
on brokering [f1] recommended that each country’s report on
brokering be considered at the BMS.
I would like to restate at this stage that
Japan, in accordance with its Three Principles on Arms Exports, does not export
weapons. This policy is executed with
the broad support of the citizens of
(Arms Trade Treaty)
The GGE on an Arms Trade Treaty is
due to be held next year.
[f2] of uncontrolled or irresponsible transfer
of conventional weapons, and prevent[f3] the ir the ATT to
materialize, not only is it essential to combine technical and expert
knowledge, but also to fuel the momentum of discussions through involvement by
the greatest number of countries. (UN Conventional Arms Register)
As for cluster
munitions, maximum efforts
so that a negotiating mandate for cluster munitions will be adopted by
consensus at the November Meeting of States Parties to the CCW.
Thank you for your attention.
[f1]Not necessary. We only mention one GGE report above, so it is unnecessary to add “on brokering”.
[f2]There is nothing wrong with the use of ‘issue’ here, but the usual expression is “overcome the problem of…” because you overcome something negative. ‘Issue’ is a neutral term.
[f3]The word ‘thus’ before ‘prevent’ might be helpful to highlight the relationship between overcoming uncontrolled weapons transfers and preventing victims.