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11 May 2011
PH CALLS FOR GREATER INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ON ARMS TRACING
11 May 2011 United Nations, New York The Philippines urged greater international cooperation on arms tracing at a meeting of governmental experts here, citing the need to further enhance capacities and build technological capabilities in order to further sustain the advancements made by nations in preventing the illicit trade of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs).
In the country statement delivered by Atty. Rachel Jane Osit, Legal Office of the Philippine National Police’s Firearms and Explosives Office, Atty. Osit underscored the achievements of the Philippines in preventing the illicit trade of SALWs, particularly in the verification and tracing of a cache of SALWs intercepted recently by a neighboring country.
Osit was part of the Philippine delegation attending the Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE) on the UN Program of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs) convened here.
According to Osit, international cooperation allowed the Philippines to assist in the tracing of 115 of the 181 of various calibers intercepted that led to “the filing of criminal and administrative cases against the perpetrators” who were subsequently “penalized with perpetual disqualification to possess firearms, cancelation of license to operate for gun dealers” and stood to face criminal charges before the courts.
Atty. Osit, however, emphasized that greater international cooperation was still needed to further sustain the strides made by nations in the prevention of illicit trade in SALWs. Atty. Osit pointed out that stronger international collaboration in upgrading technology and in building capacities in the management and sharing of information was key in verification and tracing.
Osit also underscored the importance of international cooperation in marine surveillance and response in “preventing the entry and exit of dangerous goods and other lawless elements with the ultimate goal of combating terrorism.”
Osit cited ongoing bilateral cooperation with the United States and Australia in this regard and the “triboundary cooperation between the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia in the Sulu and Celebes seas in Mindanao.”END
Reference:Robert E.A. Borje
Philippine Mission to the United Nations
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