9 Feb 2013

Carr confident of arms trade treaty

12:55 pm on 9 February 2013

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr says he's confident Australia's seat on the UN Security Council will help push through a global arms trade treaty.

After giving the British High Commission's annual Magna Carta lecture in Sydney on Friday night, Senator Carr said a push for the arms treaty at the UN would "come to a head next month".

AAP reports the proposed UN treaty would impose new controls on illicit cross-border dealings in weapons such as automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and ammunition.

It is aimed at improving the efficiency of UN sanctions by reducing the flow of conventional weapons to terrorists.

Senator Carr said that since being elected to the Security Council Australia had brought to the role its experience in peacekeeping in the Pacific region, especially in Bougainville and East Timor.