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Arm Trade Talks To Create More Awareness

Fiji being the hub of the Pacific stands vulnerable to the trafficking of illicit weapons so we continue to learn and adopt various policies on ways to combat this problem.
19 Aug 2015 10:54
Arm Trade Talks To Create More Awareness
Participants at the Arms Trade Treaty workshop in Suva yesterday. Photo: Deptfo News

Fiji being the hub of the Pacific stands vulnerable to the trafficking of illicit weapons so we continue to learn and adopt various policies on ways to combat this problem.

This was highlighted yesterday by the Ministry for Defence, Immigration and National Security permanent secretary, Osea Cawaru, at the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Workshop at De Vos on the Park in Suva.

Mr Cawaru said Fiji requires the ATT workshop in order to create more awareness on the importance of the treaty and to recommend to Government the best way forward.

“It is of paramount importance to review Fiji’s position as it could become a haven for non-State actors if the trade of arms is not properly monitored and regulated,” Mr Cawaru said.

“We now realise that this Treaty has the potential to make the world a safer place because it regulates the trade of arms by protecting legitimate arms trade and ensures that the process is not circumvented.”

Mr Cawaru added that the Pacific is not immune to transnational organised crimes and Fiji being dubbed as the hub of the Pacific makes it more vulnerable with its limited resources.

“We now fully realise that the ATT is an enabling multilateral framework that provides high standards for international trade in conventional arms and without such control mechanisms in place, it provides opportunities for non- State Actors to exploit.”

Representing the Australian Defence Ministry was Anne Giles who said the workshop would provide an insight on the treaty and how effective it will become in terms of national security.

“We would like to make this two-day workshop more informative and it’s important for Fiji to join the ATT so that she is able to prevent the illicit trafficking and proliferation of arms,” Ms Giles said.

The workshop is co-hosted by the Ministry of Defence, National Security and Immigration with the Australian Government.

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