yesMeasures to enhance the security and management of legal stocks of small arms and\ud to reduce `surplus¿ weapons are clearly essential components of an effective international\ud action programme to combat illicit trafficking and prevent and reduce the proliferation\ud of small arms. Many of the weapons of concern are lost from official stockpiles through theft,\ud corruption or neglect. Moreover, the existence of large quantities of `surplus¿ small arms\ud is a major factor in the excessive availability and flows of these weapons.\ud The primary responsibility for measures to address these problems lies with governments.\ud Regional and international organisations involved in any way with managing and disposing\ud of small arms also have important responsibilities to take action. Nevertheless, this is a global\ud issue, and the entire international community should play a role in developing policies on the\ud management of stockpiles and the disposal or destruction of surplus weapons. This briefing\ud outlines the dimensions of the issues, drawing on recent experience, and identifies ways\ud in which an international action programme could usefully be developed to address them
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