ECOWAS extends moratorium on light weapons

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has extended its moratorium on light weapons for a second three-year period from July.
A communique from the Nigeria-based regional economic grouping said the move coincided with Monday's celebration of the UN Day for the destruction of small arms and light weapons.
ECOWAS leaders agreed on the moratorium, the first of its kind world-wide, on 31 October 1998 in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to reduce the manufacturing, trade, proliferation and circulation of light weapons in West Africa.
To achieve this goal, a plan of action and a code of conduct were adopted by the 15-nation Community members in March 1999.
These provide for the establishment of a culture of peace, the setting up of national control Committees, the destruction of weapons by member States and the training of security staff.
The plan also provides for dialogue with manufacturers of weapons, the creation of a data bank and the establishment of a register on light weapons in circulation within ECOWAS, the communique added.

10 july 2001 21:39:00

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