REGIONAL SEMINAR FOR ASEAN MEMBER STATES AND TIMOR-LESTE ON ILLICIT TRAFFICKING AND DIVERSION OF SMALL ARMS AND LIGHT WEAPONS (SALW), CONVENTIONAL ARMS AND AMMUNITION
Date: 22 December 2017
Posted by: jMangibin
The Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime (OSETC) participated in the two-day Regional Seminar for ASEAN Member States and Timor-Leste on Illicit Trafficking and Diversion of SALW, Conventional Arms and Ammunition which was held last 19-20 December 2017 at Sokha Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia attended by Ms. Janet A. Mangibin and Mr. Gene N. Gesite Jr., Desk Officers of the OSETC along with other delegates and arms experts from Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Myanmar; Thailand; Timor-Leste; ASEANAPOL; Arms Trade Treaty Secretariat; Nonviolence International; Rand Europe Research Institute; United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA); United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); Vietnam and World Customs Organization (WCO).
The main objective of the seminar is to promote cooperation among the invited states, the Secretariats of ASEAN and ASEANAPOL, to develop joint measures on consolidating their efforts in preventing the illicit trafficking and diversion of SALW and conventional arms more effectively.
Initially, on the first day of the seminar the agenda revolved on the Implications of conventional arms and ammunition diversion and illicit trafficking for Regional Security in Southeast Asia, main trends and sources of illicit arms flow, illicit trade of SALW, explosives and ammunition on the dark web and tour-de-table on national experiences, effective practices and plans. While on the second day, the program focused on the consolidating national and regional efforts to curb illicit arms flows and international arms- control instruments to address the illicit arms problems.
As a final point, Ambassador Sieng Lapresse, Senior Advisor, Royal Government of Cambodia, stressed that the ASEAN Member States seek to effectively address these challenges so as to progressively prevent, suppress and punish all forms of trafficking in firearms in the region and work towards an enhanced comprehensive and coordinated regional approach to achieve this objective. He also mentioned that Cambodia has taken the initiative to draft the ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Firearms (ACTIF) and ASEAN Plan of Action against Trafficking in Firearms. Further, he encouraged the ASEAN member states for their full support for the upcoming First Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on June 2018 in Kuala Lumpur for the fast implementation of the said Plan of Action.