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Posted: 10/13/2005 9:25:54 AM EDT
Draft Convention On Small Arms
(10/10/2005)


A Draft convention on small arms and light weapons prepared by a coalition of civil society groups in West Africa has been presented to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The draft convention was prepared by a team of experts and it was discussed and adopted by civil society groups at a forum in Mali,Bamako,in March this year.It was supported by Oxfam — Great Britain and Oxfam — America.

The Chairman of the West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANASA),Baffour Dokyi Amoa,presented the draft convention to Major-General Charles Okae(retd),the Director of Defence and Security at ECOWAS,who received it on behalf of Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas,the Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, at a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria.

Baffour Dokyi Amoa,who was accompanied by Ms Afi Yakubu, Secretary of WAANSA,said the document respected the tenets of the ECOWAS Moratorium on the importation, evacuation and manufacture of light weapons.

He said the legally-binding instrument would help regulate the use of small arms and light weapons that had already caused damage and continued to pose potential threats to the stability of countries in the sub-region and the world at large.

On his part,Major-General Okae said the delivery of the document underscored the support for and awareness of the programmes of the sub-regional body.

The most significant features of the draft convention are the attention it draws to gender perspective,local manufacture of small arms and the affirmation of the ECOWAS Moratorium which provides critical blocks for the convention.

Baffour Dokyi Amoa called on the people of the sub-region to fight against the proliferation of small arms in West Africa.

In the convention,he proposed that disputes in the sub-region must be resolved through dialogue and not a resort to the use of arms.Present at the presentation was Cyriaque P.Agnekethom of the ECOWAS Secretariat.

Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:29:19 AM EDT
Africa just wouldn't be the same if they all got along.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:34:08 AM EDT
I wonder if this covers machetes. Ask the Tutsis about how effective they can be in the hands of Hutus.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:34:23 AM EDT
1. An African Economic Community is a contradiction in terms.

2. Gun control in Africa is the best example of how horrible the results of gun control are.

3. What good is a piece of paper that tells warlords to resolve their issues through negotiation when they can't even read it?
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:39:43 AM EDT
yeah, i'm gonna listen to a guy named "dooky"...
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:52:05 AM EDT
I think the UN should send their "peacekeepers" unarmed to Somalia and start by disarming the people there.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 12:55:36 PM EDT
A Draft convention on small arms and light weapons prepared by a coalition of civil society groups in West Africa

There is no such thing as a "civil society" in West Africa.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 12:59:48 PM EDT

There is no such thing as a "civil society" in West Africa.


Dont generalize, Nigeria is somewhat civilized.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 1:05:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BlammO:
I think the UN should send their "peacekeepers" unarmed to Somalia and start by disarming the people there.



Hell no. They'd send American troops. Africa fucked itself up, it should be their job to stabilize it before the US should be asked for anything else.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 1:47:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:

There is no such thing as a "civil society" in West Africa.


Dont generalize, Nigeria is somewhat civilized.



Nigeria? Please.*

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*This is not a reference to that offensive map photoshop.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 1:56:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BlammO:
I think the UN should send their "peacekeepers" unarmed to Somalia and start by disarming the people there.



Nah. They typically start by banging all the 12 year olds.
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