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After Obama win, US backs new UN arms treaty talks

Published on Nov 8, 2012 7:56 AM

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - Hours after US President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States backed a UN committee's call on Wednesday to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the US$70 billion (S$85 billion) global conventional arms trade.

UN delegates and gun control activists have complained that talks collapsed in July largely because Mr Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney if his administration was seen as supporting the pact, a charge Washington denies.

The month-long talks at UN headquarters broke off after the United States - along with Russia and other major arms producers - said it had problems with the draft treaty and asked for more time.

But the UN General Assembly's disarmament committee moved quickly after Mr Obama's win to approve a resolution calling for a new round of talks March 18-28. It passed with 157 votes in favor, none against and 18 abstentions.

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