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Guns and the Pacific: a wasteful hiccup

23 Oct 2006
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After disastrous leakages of government guns in Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, Australia led the charge to help island nations lock up their small arms, building secure state armouries across the region. But of late, regional implementation of the UN Programme of Action has lagged.Philip Alpers writes that five years after the adoption of the UN Programme of Action to address the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons the recent UN PoA Review Conference closed without so much as an outcome document. A spin-off Arms Trade Treaty, argues Alpers could distract from more direct and localised efforts to curb gun violence. In Pacific Islands Forum countries civilians alone hold 3.1 million firearms, or one gun for every ten people. After disastrous leakages of government guns in Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, Australia led the charge to help island nations lock up their small arms, building secure state armouries across the region. But of late, regional implementation of the UN PoA has lagged.

 

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