n African Security Review - The ECOWAS Moratorium on small arms and light weapons : micro-disarmament in West Africa : feature

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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This article explores the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons1 in the West African sub-region and efforts by the regional Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to deal with the problem through the ECOWAS Declaration of a Moratorium on the Importation, Exportation and Manufacture of Small Arms and Light Weapons in West Africa. The paper analyses the degree of compliance with the Moratorium by four ECOWAS member states, namely, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Mali.

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