The prospect of reaching a historic global deal to end the devastation caused by the irresponsible and poorly regulated arms trade moved a step closer on Thursday, Amnesty International said.
A final draft of an Arms Trade Treaty [ATT] text was published at the UN in New York that addressed a number of potentially serious flaws contained in a previous text.
The White House and other major powers, including the United Kingdom and France are understood to have been closely involved in making the changes.
The month-long negotiations are due to conclude on Friday, in what is expected to be an intense final day of talks.
“This is a positive step forward in achieving an ATT that, with genuine political will, can protect human rights,” said Brian Wood, Arms Control Manager at Amnesty International.
“Several major loopholes that would have severely undermined the effectiveness of the treaty have been addressed, but a few serious concerns remain. We are calling on governments that have stated they want a robust treaty to do all they can on the last day to ensure the strongest possible deal is reached.”