UN Security Council Adopts Resolution on Small Arms, Light Weapons & Mercenary Activities in West Africa

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003
Bruce Zagaris
On March 18, 2003, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1467 with recommendations to stop the escalating conflict in West Africa due the illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons and mercenary activities in West Africa. The Security Council expressed its profound concern at the impact of the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, as well as mercenary activities, on peace and security in West Africa. The resolution mentions their contribution to serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and requested States of the subregion to ensure that relevant measures adopted at the national, regional and international levels to combat these problems are put into effect. The Security Council called on all States in the subregion to cease military support for armed groups in neighboring countries, and to act to prevent armed individuals and groups fro m using their territory to prepare and start attacks on neighboring countries.