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The Gulf Cooperation Council countries confirm that the spread of small arms and light weapons directly contributes to the increase in violence

New York (UNA/QNA) - The Gulf Cooperation Council countries have confirmed that the spread of small and light weapons directly contributes to the increase in violence, the emergence and development of new conflicts and the exacerbation of existing conflicts, pointing out that local communities in areas of armed conflict suffer from the negative impact of the spread of these weapons. Weapons affect security and societal peace, and the lack of security associated with armed conflicts leads to encouraging the smuggling and illegal trade of small arms, which requires tightening control and follow-up of the movement of small arms, light weapons and ammunition, and controlling them to avoid their spread.

This came in a statement delivered by Brigadier General Dr. Abdulaziz Salmeen Al Jabri, Chairman of the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons, on behalf of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in the capacity of the State of Qatar, Chairman of the forty-fourth session of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council, during the fourth United Nations conference to review the progress made in Implementation of the Program of Action to prevent, combat and eliminate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Council States stressed the extreme importance of combating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons because of its disastrous consequences on the security, humanitarian and economic conditions, especially in areas witnessing armed conflicts, which requires effective cooperation and high coordination between countries to ensure filling the gaps related to the transfer and transfer of these weapons. Weapons.

The Council States stressed the importance of the United Nations Program of Action to prevent, combat and eliminate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects and its International Tracing Instrument.

The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council warned of the need to make additional efforts in providing assistance to countries that wish to strengthen their systems related to small arms and light weapons, and to enhance mutual international cooperation, especially in the field of transferring technologies and technical capabilities related to weapons stocks, their marking and control, and the proper disposal of old weapons, stressing The importance of cooperation and assistance at the international level being based on the request of the recipient States and in line with their needs, and expressing its support for the rapid and sustainable operation of the approved fellowship program on small arms and light weapons.

The GCC states affirmed the responsibility of the producing countries not to deliver or cooperate with non-state groups by selling or transferring small and light weapons without prior permission from the receiving country.

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