More work needed to control small arms, says UN chief

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Governments around the world have been urged by the United Nations Secretary-General to do more to stop the flow of illegal small weapons.

He said that illicit small arms remain the weapons of choice for those who seek to challenge legitimate State power, to spread fear and insecurity or to pursue criminal goals.

The Secretary-General said that more than half a million people are killed by small arms each year with civilians and particularly the poor suffering the most.

The message was delivered by the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, at the beginning of a conference on small arms in New York on Monday.

"There is much work ahead. Many States still lack the capacity to exercise effective control over small arms and light weapons and to stem the flow of illicit weapons across their borders. There is still limited cooperation among States in tracking illicit arms, despite the concrete and practical measures recommended in the seven-year old International Tracing Instrument. Weapons continue to reach areas and entities under Security Council arms embargoes."

Duration: 28"

The Secretary-General called for the implementation of the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons adopted in 2001.

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