African countries to sign small arms pact

2010-11-13 22:32

Brazzaville - Some 11 African nations will sign a convention next week controlling the circulation of small and light-calibre weapons, a UN official said on Saturday.

The treaty, which will be signed next Friday, "is an important legal instrument... which aims to establish peace for sustainable development," Ivor Fung, head of the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa, told reporters.

The countries expected to ink the agreement in Brazzaville are Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Chad, the Republic of Congo and neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

The agreement also regulates munitions and all elements used in making and assembling the arms, according to the UN.