A United Nations committee has voted overwhelmingly to begin work on drawing up an international arms trade treaty....
Only the US - a major arms manufacturer - voted against the treaty, saying it wanted to rely on existing agreements.
A total of 139 states voted for the motion. There were 24 abstentions.
Major weapons manufacturers such as Britain, France and Germany voted to begin work on the treaty, as did major emerging arms exporters Bulgaria and Ukraine.
Russia and China, also major arms manufacturers, were among the countries to abstain.
complete item - Peace Messenger, October 27