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Pledge text : Agreed Joint EU Member States and EU National Societies pledge for the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

Strengthening international humanitarian law through the adoption of an effective Arms Trade Treaty.

The European Union Member States and their National Red Cross Societies, noting the utility of the 2008 EU Common Position defining common rules governing the control of exports of military technology and equipment and related EU instruments, are concerned that the widespread availability of weapons facilitates violations of international humanitarian law, and hampers the provision of assistance to victims of armed conflict, and are convinced of the relevance of promoting and further strengthening the regulatory framework governing transfers of conventional arms.

In line with the updated EU Guidelines on promoting compliance with International Humanitarian Law and the relevant Council Conclusions,the European Union Member States, with support from their respective National Red Cross Societies, therefore pledge:

- to engage in an exchange of information, to the extent considered appropriate and pertinent by the European Union Member States, on the negotiation in 2012 of a strong and robust Arms Trade Treaty with the highest possible legally binding standards which would prevent conventional weapons from being used to violate international humanitarian law.