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Arms Trade Treaty awareness

Peni Mudunavonu
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A MEETING between members of the disciplined forces and stakeholders to raise awareness on the details of the Arms Trade Treaty was held last Wednesday.

Ministry of Defence, National Security and Immigration permanent secretary Osea Cawaru said the purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness on the details of the treaty.

"We are now at a time where weapons are used to settle differences and this is evident in the number of conflict theatres around the world," Mr Cawaru said.

He said in a media statement that violence had not only erupted from the Middle East, Africa, South America and the European block.

But he said: "It is including our very neighbours within the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) subregion."

Mr Cawaru said the treaty acted as a barrier for those who wanted to acquire weapons through illegal means to violate the international human rights law and other international instruments of which Fiji was a member of.

He was adamant that Fiji could make a difference in our part of the world especially in the MSG and the larger Pacific where Fiji played a pivotal role in the security landscape of the region.

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