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Nicholson speaks out against world resources used on weapons manufacturing

Published:Saturday | October 3, 2015 | 10:47 AM
Nicholson says of immediate concern to Jamaica is the proliferation of firearms of every description, which endangers the lives of ordinary citizens, undermines the rule of law, threatens economic and social stability and fuels violent crime.

Jamaica has chided countries for using what it says is a massive share of the world’s resources on weapons and military equipment, saying it should be channeled into the development agenda.

Addressing the United nations General Assembly yesterday, Jamaica’s foreign affairs minister, A.J. Nicholson, said if the resources were channeled into development the world would be more prosperous as well as much safer.

According to Nicholson, the area of disarmament and arms control is in danger of becoming a neglected and forgotten goal of the United Nations.

He notes that the disarmament machinery has been languishing in a state of paralysis for the past 19 years.

Meanwhile, Nicholson says of immediate concern to Jamaica is the proliferation of firearms of every description, which endangers the lives of ordinary citizens, undermines the rule of law, threatens economic and social stability and fuels violent crime.

He says those who manufacture such weapons must exercise greater controls and support anti-proliferation efforts.

Nicholson says the Arms Trade Treaty, which entered into force less than a year ago, can make a significant contribution to such efforts.