Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Adoption of Japan's Draft Resolution on Small Arms and Light Weapons at the United Nations General Assembly

December 7, 2006

  1. The Government of Japan is delighted that a draft resolution concerning illicit trade in small arms and light weapons jointly submitted by Japan, South Africa and Colombia was adopted by an overwhelming majority, with 176 votes in favor, one against (the U.S.) and no abstentions, at the United Nations General Assembly on December 7 (Thu) (New York time: December 6 (Wed)) in New York.
  2. Japan is convinced that the international community should tackle in concert the issue of small arms and light weapons, in order to remove an obstacle to post-conflict humanitarian and rehabilitation assistance. With this recognition, Japan submitted small arms and light weapons draft resolutions almost every year, setting out a course for solving the problem, since the then UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Gali raised the issue of small arms and light weapons in the international community in 1995. This year's resolution, among others calls upon all states to implement the international instrument on tracing, hold the biennial meeting no later than 2008, and for each country to submit a report on its implementation of the "Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects." The resolution has therefore won wide support of the international community as contributing to addressing the small arms and light weapons issue. Japan intends to pursue its efforts to prevent the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.
  3. In this year, a draft resolution concerning the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) jointly submitted by Japan, the U.K. and other countries was adopted by an overwhelming majority, with 153 votes in favor, one against (the U.S.) and 24 abstentions. Japan also intends to work proactively on future international discussions on this subject.
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