STUDY SAYS SMALL ARMS PROLIFERATING IN PACIFIC

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, April 2) - A report on the trade
of small arms in the Pacific released in Fiji today says more needs to be done
to stop the leakage of weapons from state armories.

The study of 20 nations says illicit trafficking of small arms
is a pressing issue in Papua New Guinea, where sources include South East Asia
and its border with the Indonesian province of Papua.

It says stockpiles of small arms in the region are the primary
source of weapons used in crime, rebellion and ethnic violence.

The report, based on a 14-month study of small arms in the
Pacific, was commissioned by the Small Arms Survey and the Center for
Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. The report was paid for by the governments of
Australia and New Zealand.

April 2, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

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