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LiNCSA ‘Critical Catalyst’ To Post-Conflict Peace, Security -VP
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 Vice President Joseph N. Boakai 



LiNCSA ‘Critical Catalyst’ To Post-Conflict Peace, Security -VP 

MONROVIA, July 18 (LINA) - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) is a critical catalyst in the protection and maintenance of peace and security in a post-conflict country such as Liberia.

Receiving the LiNCSA Assessment Report on Liberia’s Compliance with the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the weekend, the Vice President praised the role of the Commission as being “strategically important” to the safety and cohesion of the state.

He noted that the world has an abundance of evidence of devastating toll that illicit flow of arms has caused nations.

“The Government of Liberia has time and again proved its resolve to foster and support efforts that will strengthen peace and security in the country. The establishment of the Small Arms Commission flowed from such resolve. This was reinforced by the recent enactment of the Firearms and Ammunition Control Act,” he added.

According to a Foreign Ministry press release, Vice President Boakai used the occasion to thank all the partners, including the Government of Norway, which helped LiNCSA to actualize the Report. 

However, he added that much more still needs to be done in elevating Liberia into full compliance with ATT so that it is on par with other countries.

Also making remarks, acting Foreign Minister B. Elias Shoniyin stated that as Liberia presents its Report on the Assessment of Compliance with the Treaty, the country is actually in fulfillment of an important requirement under the ATT.

Mr. Shoniyin thanked the UN for what he termed as “accompanying Liberia through efforts of managing conventional arms through the imposition of sanctions under resolution 1521, which was lifted last May.”

Minister Shoniyin said the Treaty sets the global standards and establishes the framework for regulating the international trade in conventional arms, to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade, the release said.


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