By Emeka Aginam
The Federal Republic of Germany has disclosed that it will provide 500,000 euros to finance projects implemented by the newly established United Nation ( UN) fund to combat illegal small arms.
This is disclosed at the just concluded review conference on the programme of action on small arms and light weapons, the United Nations member states confirmed their commitment to fight illegal arms trading and to protect children in armed conflict.
Speaking on progress of UN Small Arms Programme of Action, the German Minister of State, Michael Link in a statement from the German Embassy, Abuja said that the conference on the Small Arms Programme of Action was a major step forward. “The international community has undertaken to step up its commitment to fight illegal firearms and protect women and children in armed conflict.
We would have wished for a more ambitious result.
“ Yet for all United Nations member states to agree on a common goal and on concrete measures to reach this goal is in itself an important contribution to conflict prevention and disarmament. This progress spurs us to keep working for arms control and disarmament, for example through an International Arms Trade Treaty” he said.
Throughout the world, according to him, no other type of weapon claims more lives than small arms do.The review conference on the programme of action on small arms and light weapons held under Nigerian chairmanship ended on 7 September.