The Wassenaar Arrangement
on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies has 40 participating states that represent most of the major arms suppliers.
Multilaterally, the United States has worked with allies and partners of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Group of Eight,* the Wassenaar Arrangements
, and the twenty-one APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) states to implement an action plan aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring these weapons.
These forums include the G8 Economic Summit (June 2003), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting (October 2003), and Wassenaar Arrangement
meetings (2000 and 2003).
Inaugural Plenary Meeting of the Wassenaar Arrangement
(VVA) on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies held in Vienna, Austria.
controls on semiconductor manufacturing equipment exports to China were ineffective because they were not reflected in multilateral controls by the Wassenaar Arrangement
The G-8 also attaches importance to increased information exchange in the Wassenaar Arrangement
and in other international and regional fora as appropriate on issues such as illicit trafficking routes and diversionary destinations.
This led to COCOM's termination in March 1994, Russia's agreement not to enter new arms sales contracts with Iran, and it culminated in the multilateral Wassenaar Arrangement
(WA) agreements in December 1995 and July 1996.
Again, the Wassenaar Arrangement
provides a valuable framework within which to establish procedures for monitoring and anticipating technological developments and to create mechanisms for routine consultation among countries that both sell and buy arms and technology.
Russia also took into consideration India's interest in the full membership in the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and the Wassenaar Arrangement
Papacostas noted with regret Cyprus' current exclusion from the Open Skies Treaty and the Wassenaar Arrangement
, a multilateral export control regime for conventional arms.
These include the Wassenaar Arrangement
on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, the Australia Group, the Zangger Committee, and the MCTP Technical Working Groups.
The letter also noted that arms exports from G8 countries already are subject to the common control principles of one or more of three multilateral agreements: the European Union Code of Conduct for arms exports, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Principles for Conventional Arms Transfers, and the Wassenaar Arrangement
Best Practice Guidelines for Exports of Small Arms and Light Weapons.