To Control Proliferation of Arms, Defense Ministry, Small Arms Commission Sign MOU

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 Authorities of the Ministry of National Defense and the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

 Under the MOU, both parties have recognized the need to put in place mechanism to control and properly account for weapons to support an effective arms-making, recordkeeping for tracing regime.

 In the MOU, the LiNCSA and the MOD/ Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) both members of the Peace, Justice, Security and Rule of Law Pillar recognized the need to put in place mechanism to control and properly account for weapons to support an effective arms-marking, recordkeeping and tracing regime.

 The parties also recognized the obligation of Liberia to adhere to Article 77 of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) Treaty relating to sanctions applicable in cases where a member state fails to fulfill its obligation to the country.

 Another point is that the parties recognized the need to ensure full compliance of Article 9 of the Treaty to create a National Database and Registry of Small Arms and light weapons.

 At yesterday’s ceremony at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive in Monrovia, Deputy and Acting Defense Ministers, Joseph F. Johnson signed on behalf of the Ministry, LiNSCSA Chairman; James M. Fromayan signed for the institution.

 The exercise, according to Mr. Fromayan, requires that state-owned arms such as the ones assigned to security personnel including the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) are mark within the Mano River Basin.

For his part, Minister Johnson expressed gratitude for the occasion, because it aims to uncover several would be hidden small arms around the country and at the same time, to curtail the proliferation of arms.

  The signing ceremony was witnessed by top brass of the AFL headed by the Chief of Staff (COS), Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankahn.

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