Samoa deputy PM addresses “threat”

Fiame Naomi Mata'afa. Picture: SAMOA OBSERVER

APIA – Samoa deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, believes that small arms and weapons in the wrong hands could cause “instability”, encourage criminal activities and disrupt peace.

Fiame made the point last week when she spoke at the Regional Pacific Island States Parliamentary Workshop to advocate for Improved Compliance with the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW).

“It only takes a few small arms and light weapons in the wrong hands, to cause instability,” she said.

“Our own region has witnessed how such arms can support criminal activities, disrupt the peaceful lives of communities and impede development. Therefore, international instruments such as the UN Program of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Lights Weapons in All Its Aspects, if successfully implemented, further contributes to our efforts to ensure the stability, peace, security and protection of human rights in our region.

“The rising number of reported cases on the illicit trade of small arms and lights weapons in our region indicates the threat is real.”

According to the Deputy PM, the presence and accumulation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) legally or illegally in the region is an issue of great concern.


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