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Combating the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons: Enhancing Controls on Legal Transfers.

By Saferworld

Abstract

yesA prerequisite for effective international action to prevent and combat the illicit trade in small\ud arms and light weapons (SALW) is that states develop a common understanding of what\ud constitutes the ¿legal¿ trade and therefore what is ¿illicit¿. At the same time, failure to exert\ud e ffective control over the legal trade in SALW opens up possibilities for diversion to illicit markets\ud and end-users and blurs the lines between the legal and illicit trade. All governments are\ud potential suppliers of SALW, since even those with no manufacturing capacity will have the\ud potential to export surplus weapons once owned by their police and/or armed forces. A major\ud concern for the UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its\ud Aspects should thus be to define clear parameters for and to agree on a comprehensive\ud mechanism for controlling the legal trade in these weapons.British American Security Information Council (BASIC), International Aler

Topics: Small arms and light weapons (SALW) trade., Illicit trafficking, Weapons proliferation reduction, UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, Legal weapons trade -- Control of, Illegal arms trade
Publisher: British American Security Information Council (BASIC), International Alert and Saferworld.
Year: 2001
OAI identifier: oai:bradscholars.brad.ac.uk:10454/4240
Provided by: Bradford Scholars

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