3 Jun 2013

Australia signs arms trade treaty

10:29 am on 3 June 2013

Australia has signed the Arms Trade Treaty which will regulate the global trading in tanks, aircraft, assault rifles and ammunition.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the treaty on 2 April.

"For Australia, this represents the culmination of years of commitment and leadership on this issue," Foreign Minister Bob Carr Carr said in a statement on Monday.

AAP reprots Australia announced last July it would provide $A1 million to an aid fund to help developing nations in implementing the treaty.