Today, the first anniversary of Secretary of State John Kerry’s signature of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) again expressed frustration with the administration’s decision to sign U.N. ATT. Additionally, they are concerned with how the U.N. is handling the treaty’s implementation.
“It is deeply disturbing that the Government of Mexico, of all the nations in the U.N., has been selected to take the lead,” the senators said in a letter.
“Our concern is increased by the fact that the Mexican Government is working closely, and behind closed doors, with advocacy organizations that share its desire to expand the treaty’s scope…If the Arms Trade Treaty were amended as Mexico desires, our worst fears about the Treaty’s impact on our Second Amendment rights would be realized.”
September 25, 2014
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama:
On the first anniversary of Secretary of State John Kerry’s signature of the Arms Trade Treaty, we write to express our concern and regret at the closed nature of the preparatory process for the First Conference of States Parties (CSP) to this treaty, and to register our conviction that the events of the past year offer further evidence that it is not in the national interest of the United States for the Senate to give its advice and consent to this treaty.
As you know, the treaty requires fifty national ratifications to come into force for those nations that have ratified it. To date, it has received forty-five. The initial Informal Consultations on the First CSP were held in Mexico on September 8-9, 2014.
Our offices have learned that the Government of Mexico asked Control Arms, an advocacy organization that has led the campaign for the treaty, to be the focal point for civil society participation in these consultations, and that Control Arms only allowed organizations that support and promote the treaty to participate in them.