First Committee of the 69th Session of the General Assembly- 16 October 2014

The last day of the General Debate on the afternoon of 16 October 2014 saw Egypt, Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL), and Plurinational State of Bolivia speak. The delegation of Egypt discussed small arms and light weapons (SALW) and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

UNPoA

Egypt reiterated its awareness to the effects of the illicit trafficking in weapons and reaffirmed that it is fully committed to exert all efforts to combat and eradicate the illicit trade in arms. It reaffirmed its full commitment to the implementation of the UNPoA and underlined its readiness to contribute to progress in dealing with the illicit transfer of arms. It supported the outcome document of BMS5 on the UNPoA and acknowledged the good work of Ambassador Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN, who chaired the meeting.

ATT

Egypt encouraged all member states that have acceded to, or plan to accede to, the treaty to implement it in good faith in order to achieve its purposes and goals. It stated that it is following the developments regarding accession, entry into force and implementation of the treaty in order to determine its final position. It reaffirmed that efforts by the international community to fill in the remaining gaps in the illicit trade in arms need to continue. Egypt also called for addressing the elements of over-production and the increasing stockpiles of SALW within major arms exporters and producers States. It further noted that production and stockpiles in arms producing States needs to be brought under international scrutiny and emphasized that international accountability needs to be enforced to guarantee against the possible abuse of the existing imbalance between major arms producers and the rest of the world.