The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) has presented their Assessment of Liberia’s Compliance with the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to Vice President Dr. Joseph Nyumah Boakai at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ C. Cecil Dennis Jr. Auditorium on Friday, July 15.
Before making the presentation to Vice President Boakai, the Chairman of LiNCSA, Mr. James M. Fromayan, said Liberia has a keener understanding than most about the need for effective control of conventional arms, of their ownership, use, and transfer across borders. He said that for this reason, he and others at the Commission worked closely with partners, including the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons and with the National Legislature, which has now passed into Law, the Firearms and Ammunition Control Act.
Mr. Fromayan said that Liberia, being a member of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), has to do all to be fully compliant with that instrument, which it signed in June 2013 and ratified in November 2014. He indicated that under the Treaty it is not okay to transfer arms where they would be used for genocide and human rights abuse, but only to places where they would be legitimately used for defense purposes.
Receiving the LiNCSA Assessment Report on Liberia’s Compliance with the Arms Trade Treaty, VP Boakai said that one cannot stress enough how critical a catalyst the Small Arms Commission is to the protection and maintenance of peace and security in a post-conflict country such as Liberia. He praised the role of the Commission as being “strategically important” to the safety and cohesion of the state, as the world has an abundance of evidence of the devastating toll the illicit flow of arms has caused on nations.