Arms convention for ECOWAS to be ready by the end of the year

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons is to come into force by the end of the year, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, said in Abuja.

Dr. Chambas, who spoke at the third meeting of the members of the Advisory Board of ECOWAS Small Arms Programme (ECOSAP) on Monday said that “the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms is at the threshold of history, with only one country remaining to allow for the eventual entry into force of the legally binding instrument.”

”It is our expectation that before the end of the year, the Convention will come into force,” he said, while seeking the ‘wise counsel’ as well as strategic advice of the Board for the smooth implementation and compliance with the various provisions of the Convention.

West African leaders signed the convention in June 2006 in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja.

It is billed to enter into force on the date of the deposit of the ninth instrument of ratification.

The objectives of the convention include to prevent and combat the excessive and destablising accumulation of small arms and light weapons within ECOWAS and control the efforts of the control of small arms and ligh weapons within ECOWAS. Panapress.

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