Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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20th June 2011, Suva, Fiji: Second Secretary at the Fiji Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia Mr. Pauliasi Tokasaya joined Fiji’s Commissioner of Police Brigadier Iowane Naivalurua and Ministry of Defence official Jioji Dumukuro and other delegates from East Asia and the Pacific at the Regional Seminar for Countries in East Asia and the Pacific on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) from 6-8 June 2011, in Bali, Indonesia.
The purpose of the meeting was to support the preparatory process leading up to the UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty by broadening discussions and making concrete recommendations; and to support states in developing and improving expertise to implement effective arms transfer controls.
Representatives were from Australia, China, Federated States of Micronesia, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, and Vietnam and from multilateral, regional organisations and civil society as well.
The meeting noted that the problems around illicit and poorly regulated arms trade in the Asia-Pacific region are related to social and domestic violence, organized crime and terrorism. In particular, porous borders and insufficient capacities to control flow of weapons within the region remains a challenge, and it was noted that an ATT could contribute to diminishing the illicit arms trade by preventing the diversion of weapons from legal to illicit markets. Specifically, it was noted that SALW (Small Arms and Light Weapons) should be included in the Treaty’s coverage and the inclusion of categories, including references to parts, components and dual-use items.
Fiji Delegate Mr. Jioji Wasigitoni presented on Fiji’s existing framework and its processes in an effort to address root causes of illicit trafficking in small and light weapons as well as ways of improving national regulations on arms transfers.
(Photo caption: Mr. Pauliasi Tokasaya, Brigadier Iowane Naivalurua and Mr. Jioji Dumukuro)
(Photo caption: Seminar delegates)
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