Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Adoption of the Draft Resolution on Small Arms and Light Weapons submitted by Japan to the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly

November 6, 2001

  1. The Government of Japan welcomes the adoption by consensus of the draft resolution on "The Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects", that it submitted this year to the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, on November 5 New York time (Japan time: November 6).

  2. The draft resolution encourages international organizations, including the United Nations, regional organizations, each country and civilian society to actively implement the "Programme of Action", an effort to tackle illicit trade in small arms and light weapons that was adopted at the "United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects" held in New York in July this year. The adoption of the draft resolution is therefore very significant.

  3. The importance of the small arms and light weapons issue has come to be recognized by the international community in recent years, from the standpoint that it is extremely vital for the conflict prevention and the promotion of post-conflict restoration and development. In line with the adopted draft resolution, Japan intends to make further diplomatic efforts in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation, including the small arms and light weapons issue, also from the human security point of view.
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