Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dueling 'Nuff saids

Here's Ambassador Victoria Nuland (right), Department Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, quoted on the U.S. government's position regarding news that ATT 2012, a diplomatic conference this month in New York aimed at drafting a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (that is, "to elaborate a legally binding instrument on the highest possible common international standards for the transfer of conventional arms") (prior post), had ended Friday without reaching an agreement:
'While we sought to conclude the month's negotiations with a treaty, more time is a reasonable request for such a complex and critical issue.'
And here's Suzanne Nossel (left), Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, offering an NGO perspective on the U.S. position:
'It's a staggering abdication of leadership by the world's largest exporter of conventional weapons to pull the plug on the talks just as they were nearing an historic breakthrough.'
Nuff said(s).

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