Supporting effective action to control international transfer of conventional arms, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said on Thursday that the Obama Administration is prepared to work hard for a strong international standard in this area.
"Conventional arms transfer are a crucial national security concern for the United States, and we have always supported effective action to control the international transfer of arms," Clinton said in a statement.
"The United States is prepared to work hard for a strong international standard in this area by seizing the opportunity presented by the Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty at the United Nations," she said.
"As long as that Conference operates under the rule of consensus decision-making needed to ensure that all countries can be held to standards that will actually improve the global situation by denying arms to those who would abuse them, the United States will actively support the negotiations," Clinton said.
The Secretary of State noted that consensus is needed to ensure the widest possible support for the Treaty and to avoid loopholes that can be exploited by those wishing to export arms irresponsibly.