Dominica can expect to be more equipped to trace firearms in the country, through its participation in an Organisation of American States (OAS) programme.
The OAS said in a release that it is about to execute its program “Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean” in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Panama and Peru.
OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza stated that with the signing of this agreement “the countries will not only acquire the technical capacity to develop specific actions to prevent and combat illegal arms trafficking but will also show their willingness and commitment to address the challenges of criminal activity for the security and welfare of citizens.”
Dominica is happy to be part of that arrangement, according to the country’s Permanent Representative, Ambassador Hubert J. Charles, who described it as “one of the key mechanisms for the prevention and trafficking of firearms,”.
OAS boss Insulza says the countries participating in that programme are sending “an unequivocal message of their will to reinforce our democratic capacity, enhance the concept of citizenship and the rights of people”.
The initiative is a US-supported one through which the OAS says “20 countries of the Hemisphere have strengthened their capacities to protect the lives of their citizens.”