Father of son shot dead is critical of UN treaty block

A MAN whose toddler son was killed by a gunman with an illegal weapon has voiced frustration after three countries blocked a United Nations treaty to regulate the global arms trade.

David Grimason has been campaigning for tighter controls on the trade of weapons since his two-year-old son Alistair was killed during a gunfight at a cafe in the seaside village of Foca, Turkey, almost a decade ago, in July 2003.

The toddler was asleep in his pram when an argument broke out at a nearby table and a man opened fire, killing the boy from East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire.

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Mr Grimason, who now lives in Aberdeen, spoke out after Syria, Iran and North Korea refused to ratify the treaty at a meeting of the UN in New York, delaying progress towards enshrining a set of rules to regulate the global arms trade in international law.

Whilst a consensus among the 193 UN member states has not been achieved, the treaty is expected to be put to the UN General Assembly next week, where majority approval is likely.

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Mr Grimason, who has been attending the treaty talks in New York, said he would remain positive.

“It is frustrating as there was a lot of support for the treaty from most of the other nations,” he said. “But we are staying ­positive and believe a majority will back it.”