May 21, 2012 14:48 PM
Sudanese Government To Host First Regional Conference On Small Arms
KHARTOUM, May 21 (BERNAMA-NNN-SUNA) — The government of Sudan will host the First Regional Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Khartoum on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a statement from the United Nations-African Union Mission in Dafur (UNAMID).
The conference is being organized by Sudan‘s Interior Ministry and the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission, in collaboration with the Embassy of Germany, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNAMID.
It will be attended by the Interior Ministers of Libya, the Central African Republic, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the Walis (governors) of various states of Sudan and academicians.
The UNAMID press statement issued here Sunday said that the conference was designed not only to foster greater awareness of the issues related to small arms, but also to develop more effective ways in which Sudan could co-ordinate with its neighbours efforts to reduce small arms in the region.
The statement added that the objectives of the conference included creating a forum for regional dialogue on the illegal trade, circulation and use of small arms; developing a harmonized regional approach to control small arms, developing a strategy for the disarmament, demobilization and re-integration of combatants; and creating a unique and efficient mechanism to monitor the small arms control programmes across the borders of the participating countries.
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