Open borders make Caribbean easy conduit for trans-shipment small arms and light weapons: Jamaica

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The open borders in the Caribbean make us an easy conduit for trans-shipment between the major sources and destinations of small arms and light weapons and ammunition. That’ s what Jamaica’ s representative Farah Browne told the conclusion of the second United Nations conference to review the 2001 Programme of Action on trafficking in small arms and light weapons

TAPE: The attendant crime and violence constitute a major threat for national development because they create instability and force us to divert scarce resources to tackle the scourge. The strengthening of cross-border controls is therefore an issue of high priority to Jamaica and the Caribbean. Jamaica believes that national implementation is crucial to the complete and effective implementation of the Programme of Action. This position is underpinned by Jamaica’s National Development Plan – ‘Vision 2030′ which outlines innovative strategies that address the problems associated with the illicit trade in small arms and Right weapons.

NAR: Ms. Browne noted that in this connection, Jamaica has undertaken a number of measures at the national level to strengthen the framework to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons and ammunition

TAPE. In so doing, we have made noteworthy progress in the reduction of incidence of crime and other acts of armed violence committed using these weapons In terms of governance, among the recent measures undertaken are the drafting of a national small arms Policy, the establishment of a small arms committee and the redrafting of existing legislation. Additionally, with the assistance of UNAREC and other partners, Jamaica has also improved its weapons stockpile management practices.  Jamaica has been experiencing tremendous success in the use of new technologies to keep track of firearms and their usage. Jamaica’s firearms licensing authority is now able to capture unique ballistic signatures of new firearms fox which licenses have been granted and the use of this reformation by the police is making a valuable contribution to crime fighting.

Nar: The conference concluded its two week session with the adoption of a consensus outcome document that highlighted the international community's renewed commitment to preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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