Arms trade treaty workshop to discuss reduction in accessing conventional arms

Ministry of Defence and National Security PS Osea Cawaru with other stakeholders at the ATT workshop. Picture: JESSICA SAVIKE

THE Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) aims to reduce the accessibility of conventional arms in the wrong hands where it could be used for destructive ends.

Mr Cawaru said some incidents were witnessed in Fiji with the use of firearms for bank robberies and other serious criminal activities, including the civil unrest in 2000.

Permanent secretary for the Ministry of Defence and National Security, Osea Cawaru, while opening the two-day Arms Trade Treaty workshop at Southern Cross Hotel in Suva today, said those incidences seriously impaired reduction in socio-economic developments.

Mr Cawaru said Fiji fully supported the ATT and was undergoing consultations with internal and external partners before finally acceding to the treaty.