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OAS Hosts the Third Conference of the States Party to CIFTA

  May 11, 2012

The Organization of American States (OAS) will host the Third Conference of the States Party to the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), on May 14 and 15 in the Padilha Vidal Room of the General Secretariat Building of the OAS in Washington, DC.

The quadrennial meeting takes place in the context of major challenges in the region before the wave of crime and violence that plagues many areas in the Americas. The CIFTA, adopted in 1997, was the first legal instrument created in the region to control the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms. The Convention emphasizes the need to obtain permits and licenses for the export, import and transit of firearms; to reinforce control at export points, and seeks to promote and facilitate cooperation and the exchange of information and experience in the matter within the hemisphere.

On Monday, May 14 at 12:00 EDT (16:00 GMT), there will be a press conference in which the OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security, Adam Blackwell, and the Secretary of the CIFTA meeting and Alternate Representative of Peru to the OAS, Raul Salazar will participate.

WHAT: Third Conference of States Party to the CIFTA.

WHEN: Monday May 14 and Tuesday May 15, 2012.

WHERE: Padilha Vidal Conference Room
Organization of American States
1889 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Reference: AVI-076/12