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Negotiations failed to secure a landmark UN arms treaty yesterday, with the US asking for more time to consider the issue.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon was "disappointed" an agreement could not be reached but only called the negotiation problems a "setback".
Conference chairman Robert Garcia Moritan said a treaty was inevitable. "I don't have any doubt, because there is a need," he said. "We need a treaty and we will have a treaty."
Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was "disappointed" talks had failed to reach a conclusion but reassured politicians were "working tirelessly".
"This is not the result we wanted. But we have made huge progress. The Chair's draft treaty has our full support as well as that of the great majority of other states," he said.
"But to be fully effective, the Treaty will need very broad - ideally universal - participation. It is clear that more time is needed to reach the widest possible agreement."
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