@ControlArms on Norwegian TV Call for Strong #Armstreaty

February 15 2012, 9:10 AM  by Oistein Thorsen

Watch: Borghild Tønnessen-Krokan from Control Arms and the South African expert on arms trade and transparency, Andrew Feinstein, are interviewed on the main Norwegian TV-channel (NRK) about the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Most of the report is in English and explains the basics of why the world needs a strong ATT now!

http://www.nrk.no/nett-tv/indeks/296902/Below is a written English summary of what is said in Norwegian in the TV piece. 

Posted by Mona Wærnes, ForUM 

The arms trade is one of the world’s most deadly and least regulated industries. The UN has initiated work towards an international arms trade treaty. The hope is that the international community agrees on regulations that can create a safer world. This week the United Nations began negotiations on a new international agreement to prevent the dangerous and uncontrolled trade.

Andrew Feinstein has released the book, The Shadow World, about the international arms trade. For years he has explored an industry that is shrouded in a blanket of secrecy.

One of the driving forces behind the ATT is The Control Arms, which is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Borghild Tønnessen-Krokan from the Control Arms board says:

 – When you sell weapons from one country to another, you need to ensure that these weapons do not end up in the wrong hands. There are examples of many countries, including European, which sold weapons to Gadaffi right before the war. Today we see that the same weapons flow down to Mali, where al Qaeda allies have started a rebellion. We have no guarantee that this does not include Norwegian arms, as Norway sold weapons to NATO allies who in turn sold weapons to Libya.

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