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Giacomo Persipaoli - moderator
Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2008 10:29:32 AM
Rank: Member

Joined: 5/20/2008
Posts: 19
Location: UNODA
Keyword: International Assistance
Title: UK supports gun control in Namibia

The British government this week gave Namibia N$4,2 million to implement activities of the National Action Plan on Small Arms and Light Weapons. The money will be used to purchase a vehicle, office and computer equipment for the project support office, office equipment for regional focal points and the central firearm registry. With the money, the action plan will also conduct an awareness raising campaign for the general public and school children and a TV documentary on small arms and light weapons and the impact of gun crime on those who survive it. The activities of the focal point have lagged behind due to insufficient financial resources, according to Minister of Safety and Security Dr Nickey Iyambo. Iyambo was speaking this week when he received the money from the Department of International Development (DFID). The money was released after the two governments signed a memorandum of understanding last month. (New Era, Namibia)

Source: New Era, Namibia
http://www.newera.com.na/page.php?id=10196
Date of Issue: 07 November

Giacomo Persipaoli - moderator
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:50:36 AM
Rank: Member

Joined: 5/20/2008
Posts: 19
Location: UNODA
Keyword: Small Arms Trade
Title: Zimbabwe barters 3.5 tonnes of ivory for guns

The 3.5 tonnes of ivory sold for over US$450,000 by the bankrupt Zimbabwe regime of Robert Mugabe to Chinese buyers in Harare on Monday is thought to have been part payment for military hardware set to be flown into the Zimbabwean capital soon, top official sources said. Worth almost USD15 million, the one-off sale has been okayed by the Geneva-based secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) amid protests from wildlife rights groups. News of the illicit guns-for-ivory deal has rekindled fears among wildlife organisations that the Zimbabwean government's official claim to be a protector of the elephant is a sham. The bartering of ivory for military hardware comes amid a military embargo on the Mugabe regime banning gunrunning with the rest of the Western world. An acute foreign exchange crunch has forced the government to barter its stockpiles instead of paying cash for ammunition from China. (ZimDaily, Zimbabwe)

Source: ZimDaily, Zimbabwe
http://www.zimdaily.com/news/ivory27.6533.html
Date of Issue: 07 November

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