20 Oct 2006

PCRC calls on Pacific countries to back arms trade treaty

5:01 pm on 20 October 2006

The Fiji-based NGO, the Pacific Concerns Resource Centre, is urging Pacific members of the United Nations to support a resolution to start work on an arms trade treaty.

The PCRC's Ema Tagicakibau says 89 countries have agreed to co-sponsor the resolution, but Pacific Island states do not feature in the list nor have come out publicly in support of it.

Governments will be voting on the treaty from next Monday, and while there is currently very little support from Asia, the PCRC hopes that the Pacific will back it.

Ms Tagicakibau says the Pacific has had its fair share of crises and instability fueled by the availability of small arms and the PCRC is calling on regional leaders to do the right thing and back an international instrument that would save lives.