n African Security Review - The Nairobi Declaration : assessing small arms control initiatives in East Africa : feature
|Article Title||The Nairobi Declaration : assessing small arms control initiatives in East Africa : feature|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||African Security Review|
|Publication Date||Jan 2003|
|Pages||17 - 26|
In recognition of the devastating impact of small arms and light weapons on a swath of Africa ranging across the Great Lakes, East Africa and the Horn, 10 countries agreed to the Nairobi Declaration in March 2000. the Declaration dealt with the problem of the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons in the Great Lakes region and the Horn of Africa. In the past three years, countries in the region have made some progress in implementing the Declaration. However, the focus on implementing the Declaration in unison across the region - incorporating countries as diverse as Djibouti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo - has slowed progress. This article presents an overview of the challenges experienced by those countries implementing the Declaration. It is recommended that regional and national efforts to control small arms should happen in parallel, but not at the expense of progress in an individual state or on a specific level. A lack of progress at one level (or in one state) should not prevent progress at another.
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