oa Focus on Arms in Africa - ECOWAS : which way with the Moratorium?

Volume 3, Issue 1
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When the Heads of State and Government of the fifteen member states1 of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met in Abuja, Nigeria, on 30 October 1998, they sought a common commitment to deal with the problem of arms proliferation in West Africa. The summit led to the signing of a three-year moratorium on the importation, exportation and manufacture of light weapons in West Africa, commonly known as the "ECOWAS Moratorium." The Moratorium was subject to renewal for one term upon its expiry.

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