Leaders' plea: limit arms trade

02 November 2006

UP TO 1000 people are killed every day by armed violence, but there artighter regulations on sales of stamps and dinosaur bones, says a petitiosigned by 20 bishops and church leaders, including the Archbishop of Wales, DBarry Morga
The petition, also signed by 11 Church of England diocesan bishops, fousuffragans, and the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, was organised bOxfam. It calls on the Government to support UN moves to limit the growintrade in small arm
It has been released for the start of this week's UN world conference iNew York on small arms and light weapons.
A letter in Monday'Guardian signed by the church leaders calls on the Government to "lend its fulweight to achieving a set of strong criteria for all states to use whedeciding whether or not to allow arms sales. We further call on the Governmento continue to press for an international arms trade treaty at the UN iOctober
The letter goes on: "The impact of the widespread misuse and proliferatioof arms is devastating communities around the world and here in the UK. Thiconference offers the best opportunity for world governments to come to aagreement on regulating the international sale of weapons. If the opportunitis missed, arms risk remaining unregulated for years to come."&nbs

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