Vienna/New York, 4 June 2014 Press release

Austria ratifies Arms Trade Treaty

Vienna/New York, 4 June 2014 – On 3 June 2014, Austria deposited its instrument of ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty and Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz declared: "With its ratification, Austria has brought the Arms Trade Treaty one step closer to becoming effective. We are among the leading group of states advocating the regulation of international trade in arms."

The Arms Trade Treaty was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 2 April 2013; it bans the illegal and irresponsible trade in arms and creates binding rules under international law for international arms trade. The Treaty will enter into force 90 days after the deposition of the 50th deed of ratification. Given the current number of 40 ratifications, it can be expected that the target of 50 will be reached by the end of this year.

Kurz said "with its provisional application of essential provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty – such as bans and approval criteria – Austria has made a positive contribution to the process of making the Treaty enter into force as soon as possible."

By way of conclusion, Foreign Minister Kurz praised the key role civil society plays in the lead-up process to the Arms Trade Treaty. "This Treaty would not exist were it not for the sustained commitment of civil society."

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