Issue 9 | March
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addresses Security Council on small arms situation in Central
23 March 2010 - On 19 March, the Security Council discussed
the impact of trafficking in small arms and light weapons, particularly
in Central Africa.
his address, UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa warned
that "in troublesome hands, even small amounts of arms
can undermine the socioeconomic progress of a nation; break
the State's monopoly on the use of force; or create a tipping
point in political (or military) stalemates". He said that
the market for illicit arms is estimated globally at US$ 200-300
million per year, which is about 20 per cent of the (licit and
measurable) arms trade.
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