oa Focus on Arms in Africa - ECOWAS Moratorium : 1998 - 2002
The devastating impact of smallarms and light weapons in theWest African conflict systemnecessitated the imposition of theMoratorium on the Importation,Exportation and Manufacture of LightWeapons from November 1998 for athree year renewal period by theEconomic Community of West AfricanStates (ECOWAS). The Moratorium wasrenewed in July 2001 for anotherthree years. It is a voluntary politicalcommitment by West African leadersto curtail the systematic flow of smallarms into the region and therecycling of weapons from oneconflict zone to another.
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