Monday, June 27, 2011

Fiji Contemplates Manufacturing Firearms - What on Earth for?

FBC News - 27 June 2011
Report by : Elenoa Osborne 

Fiji is contemplating the establishment of a manufacturing plant for firearms and ammunition.

This futuristic plan was presented by Fiji Ministry of Defence Senior Officer Joji Washington at the Regional Consultation on Arms Trade Treaty in Bali, Indonesia earlier this month.

Washington told the consultation – the initiative would be subject to further consultation with relevant government stakeholders and non-government organisations.

He states with the Arms and Ammunition Act in place – it is envisaged that the Plant would be governed and regulated under the existing legal instruments.

But he says – government needs to review this in parallel to the requirements of the Arms Trade Treaty.Washington adds – the Fiji Military Forces uses conventional weapons in peace-keeping operations.

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