WASHINGTON, July 15, CMC:
Haiti is the latest nation to join a hemisphere-wide bid to combat the illicit trade in small arms through a firearms marking programme led by the Organization of American States (OAS).
The Washington-based hemispheric body is to donate two firearms marking machines to the government in Port au Prince under a cooperation agreement.
So far all Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member nations except Suriname and Montserrat have joined the United States-funded OAS programme which is accordance with the Inter-American Convention against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA).
The agreement seeks to strengthen national capabilities on matters of firearms marking, the OAS said.