Issue 9 | March 2010
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UNODC addresses Security Council on small arms situation in Central Africa

Afghanistan_corruption02.jpg 23 March 2010 - On 19 March, the Security Council discussed the impact of trafficking in small arms and light weapons, particularly in Central Africa.

In 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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