Campaign against light weapons in West Africa

  Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Youth Movements and journalists from Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Mali and Ghana plan an awareness campaign in February 2003, on the dangers of the proliferation of light weapons in West Africa, a member of the organising Committee said in Bissau Tuesday.
The anti-weapon caravan will depart Casamance in southern Senegal, to Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Mali and end the tour in Ghana.
"The team will seek to educate the populations and authorities in the countries on the dangers of the proliferation of light weapons in our sub-region," the Committee member said, adding that the campaign is to press on governments to take more drastic measures to fight the phenomenon.
The zone stretching from Casamance to Guinea Bissau, through Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire is considered very volatile, because of the increasing number of arms in circulation.
Military sources say more than 60,000 light weapons are currently circulating in West Africa, with at least a gun in every Guinea Bissau household.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has instituted a moratorium on the manufacture, import and circulation of light arms, blamed for fuelling conflicts in the region.

11 december 2002 15:14:00




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