Munitions Manufacture and Arms Embargoes

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Demand for Control of Arms Production and Traffic

Development of “an effective system for the regulation of the manufacture of and traffic in arms and munitions of war” was proposed as a new task for the Disarmament Conference by Norman H. Davis, chairman of the American delegation, when the conference reconvened at Geneva on May 29. Addressing the delegates at the opening session, Ambassador Davis declared that “the American people and government are convinced that by some means the production and traffic in engines of death, and the profits resulting there from, must be controlled or eliminated.”

Those who have a sordid financial interest in fomenting international suspicion and discord, which in turn increases the demand for what they have to sell, must [he insisted] be ...

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