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Ramírez: small arms and light weapons end up in the hands of extremist and terrorist groups that destroy the peoples of Africa and the Middle East

2016-04-05

The substantive session of the United Nations Commission on Disarmament was held this Tuesday at the organization’s headquarters. In this meeting, Rafael Ramirez, Permanent Representative of Venezuela, stressed that it is of ultimate importance to ban the supply of small arms and light weapons that end up as part of the terrorists and non-State groups stockpiles.
 
“In this regard, our country reiterates the need for the prohibition of supply and trade of small arms and light weapons to non-State armed groups. These kinds of weapons in the hands of such groups, closely connected to extremist and terrorist groups, destroy the peoples of Africa and the Middle East”.
 
Ramirez highlighted the need to ban nuclear weapons, which are considered, by countries in their possession, as a guarantee for stability and safety, although they represent an incalculable risk for the human species and the planet.
 
Additionally, the Venezuelan diplomat praised the declaration of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) during the Summit of 2014, in which Latin America was declared zone of peace, free from armed conflict, as well as being noted as the first densely populated area free from nuclear weapons.


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