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11 April 2023, 10:09

Belarus' MFA: Extensive mechanisms for arms export control not always effective

Yuri Ambrazevich. An archive photo
Yuri Ambrazevich. An archive photo

MINSK, 11 April (BelTA) - Despite the international community's toolkit for weapons export control and national legislation in arms export control, such measures do not always work, Belarusian Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Ambrazevich said as he addressed a meeting of the UN Security Council "Threats to international peace and security: Risks stemming from violations of the agreements regulating the export of weapons and military equipment", BelTA has learned.

Yuri Ambrazevich expressed his opinion on the reasons. “First it is the deliberate violation by states of international agreements and national laws concerning end users and the targeted use of such weapons,” he said. “Second it is the selective interpretation of export criteria in service of political goals. Third it is the loopholes in the multilateral documents. For example, the coordination and control of arms re-export, the prohibition of arms transfers to unauthorized non-state actors have not been properly regulated; and there is no uniform understanding of the humanitarian criteria for assessing risks."

Yuri Ambrazevich noted that this creates the loopholes that could lead to the diversion of arms to unauthorized non-state actors and thus to illicit trafficking.

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