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Jakarta Post

Asian countries hope to find solutions for illegal trade

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Tue, March 6 2012   /  10:38 am

The United Nations is urging all nations in the Asia region to implement concrete solutions to stop illegal trading in small arms and light weapons.

“Over the past decades, trade has made this region grow so phenomenally. If you are a region where international trade is what makes you tick, you better also make sure that you are seen as doing trade in the right way,” UN disarmament affairs official Daniel Prins told reporters on the sidelines of opening the Asian regional meeting on the implementation of the UN Program of Action to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade of small arms and light weapon in Bali on Monday.

“Important improvements need to be made in every region in the world, and certainly here, in getting your national legislatures to fully cover the international character of world trade, which include arms,” Prins said, citing for instance th...