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OAS and Costa Rica Sign Agreement for Weapons and Ammunition Handling

  March 30, 2011

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Costa Rica will sign tomorrow, Thursday, March 31, a Cooperation Agreement to implement the Assistance Program for the Control of Weapons and Ammunition, through which the Organization will lend the Central American country a weapons destruction mobile unit.

The event will be held at 9:00 local time (15:00 GMT) with the participation of the Minister of Security, Government and Police of Costa Rica, José María Tijerino Pacheco, and the OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security, Ambassador Adam Blackwell.

The agreement is based on the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), which constitutes one of the most important legally binding instruments to prevent and fight the illegal trafficking of weapons at the regional level.

WHAT: OAS and Costa Rica sign agreement for weapons and ammunition handling

WHEN: Thursday, March 31, 9:00 local time (15:00 GMT)

WHERE: Ministry of Security, Government and Police. Barrio Córdoba. In front of Liceo José María Castro Madríz. San José.

Reference: AVI-062/11