The APAC region is also expected to contribute significantly to the global small arms
market; mainly due to the increasing terrorism incidences and border threats in the region.
He further highlighted the link between terrorist financing and the proliferation of small arms
, and stressed the need for all parliaments to ratify the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms
and Light Weapons, Their Ammunition and Other Related Materials.
Ordnance manufacturers are the experts in development and production of small arms
Born in New Toronto, she is now 90 years old and can still recall the year that she spent working at Small Arms
. "I decided to move up from my job at Eaton's where I made men's shirts on a loom because, back then, clothing was handmade in the store.
Given the large scale of illegal trade of light and small arms
and considering the problems stemming from it, no country can counter this issue alone and therefore international cooperation is a key factor in this regard, Ale-Habib said at the Second Review Conference of the UN Program of Action on Small Arms
and Light Weapons on Tuesday.
The main distinction between small arms
and light weapons is that Small arms
are easily hand carried which could be from pistols to automatic weapons.
This is also the case for the multilateral instruments combatting illicit SALW Since the end of the Cold War the SALW class of weapons has been recognized as a major global threat to human security States have agreed to several regional and global instruments to combat the proliferation and misuse of SALW, most notably the 2001 UN Programme of Action on small arms
and light weapons.
Controlling the spread of small arms
and light weapons is, however, extremely difficult for a number of reasons.
By any reckoning the trade in small arms
is big business.
Peace and disarmament groups such as the International Action Network on Small Arms
said the conference did not address a number of issues, including the- problem of ammunition, a major source of explosions that accidentally kill civilians.
"US soldiers used 120 mm fire from M1A12 Abrams tanks and small arms
fire to kill the 22 criminals, forcing remaining enemy forces present to retreat," the military said.
The initiative responds to the agreement between the CARICOM Foreign Ministers and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on March 22, 2006 calling for a partnership against the illicit trafficking in small arms
and light weapons and reaffirmed during the U.S.