AUGUST 13, 2013
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's foreign minister says his is the
first African country to sign the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty
marking "resolute and unyielding" efforts to deny arms to terrorists,
pirates and bandits.
Foreign Minister Olugbenga Ashiru said in a statement Tuesday
that Monday's signing in New York City represents his country's deep
commitment to controlling the trade.
Northeastern Nigeria is in
the grip of an Islamic extremist uprising, piracy is increasing in its
southern Atlantic waters and conflict over tribal and religious
differences, as well as natural resources, often results in gunfire and
Arms control spokeswoman Anna Macdonald of the
British-based charity Oxfam praised Nigeria and urged other countries to
follow suit in Africa that "has long suffered the impact of an arms
trade that is out of control."
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