PAM contributes to NATO meeting on proliferation of small arms and light weapons in North Africa

PAM contributes to NATO meeting on proliferation of small arms and light weapons in North Africa

On 1 October 2020, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) participated in a virtual conference on “Stemming the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in North Africa”, co-organized by the NATO Strategic Direction Southern Hub (NSDS-Hub) and Three Stones International (TSI).

The event gathered a diverse group of participants, including parliamentarians, experts, civil society, and military representatives to share their insights on the issue of proliferation of small arms in North Africa, their impact on security, and to jointly identify strategies that could stem the illegal flows of arms, including developing recommendations for NATO action in this region.

PAM was represented by two panelists: Hon. Ammar Moussi (Algeria) and Hon. Marianne Amir Azer (Egypt).

Hon. Moussi raised his concern on the current crisis in Libya, which now serves as a point of inflow of weapons due to increased involvement of external actors and further destabilizes the region. On this note, he highlighted PAM’s work to support the peace process in Libya through parliamentary diplomacy, PAM resolution calling on all states to respect the UN arms embargo, and on strengthening counter-terrorism by harmonizing legislation among PAM member states.

Hon. Azer emphasized the role of parliaments in creating strong legal systems to stop arms proliferation and brought into the discussion the Egyptian experience. She further emphasized the key role of civil society which complements the security and legislative efforts by engaging in educational and outreach initiatives.

PAM highly values its partnership and cooperation with both NSDS-Hub and TSI. The event serves as a stepping stone for further joint actions, aimed at strengthening the security of the Euro-Mediterranean region through a comprehensive and holistic approach among different stakeholders, such as parliaments, military, civil society, practitioners, and experts. //


issued on 05/10/2020


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