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Antigua and Barbuda signs Fire-arm Marking Agreement with Organization of American States (OAS)

Her Excellency Dame Deborah-Mae Lovell, Ambassdor/Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the OAS and His Excellency Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary-General of the OAS singing the agreement
Her Excellency Dame Deborah-Mae Lovell, Ambassdor/Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the OAS and His Excellency Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary-General of the OAS singing the agreement
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Organization of American States (OAS) today signed a cooperation agreement to implement the Fire-arms Marking Agreement project.  The agreement was signed by Her Excellency Dame Deborah-Mae Lovell, Ambassdor/Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the OAS and His Excellency Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary-General of the OAS.
 
The agreement was signed within the framework of the activities to implement the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), and its objective is to strengthen national capacity in this field and provide countries with firearms marking equipment and basic training for its use.  The project is made possible through financial contributions from the United States of America.
 
Senator the Hon. Dr. Errol Cort, Minister of National Security, in commenting on Antigua and Barbuda’s decision to participate in the project noted that: “it is a significant step for Antigua and Barbuda given the proliferation of illicit firearms in the region.”  “Antigua and Barbuda wants be part of the global thrust to effectively monitor these weapons,” he concluded.
 
For her part, Dame Deborah expressed satisfaction that the OAS was once again contributing to building capacity in Antigua and Barbuda.  “The OAS is well-known throughout the hemisphere for its work in strengthening democracy and human rights. However, it has been equally effective in assisting the countries of the Caribbean in building capacity in areas as security, public sector reform, sustainable development and Tourism.”  “The Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda will continue to work towards expanding these opportunities,” Ambassador Lovell said.
 
Along with Antigua and Barbuda, the Governments of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Peru and Panama participated in today’s signing ceremony. 

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