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Guatemala Joins OAS Project to Promote Firearms Marking

  June 23, 2011

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Guatemala this week signed a cooperation agreement in Guatemala City to implement the project, “Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

The agreement was signed by the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Haroldo Rodas. Also present at the signing ceremony were the OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security, Adam Blackwell; the Director of the OAS Department of Public Security, Adriana Mejía; and the Ambassador of the United States to the Organization, Carmen Lomellin.

The agreement was signed in the framework of the activities to implement the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), and its objective is to strengthen national capabilities in this field and provide countries with firearms marking equipment and basic training for its use.

The agreement, signed during the Summit on Security in Central America hosted by Guatemala, is based on the conviction that firearms marking contributes to fight the illicit trafficking in firearms since it allows a country’s authorities to identify confiscated weapons and determine their origin.

Other countries that have signed the agreement with the OAS to date are: El Salvador, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bahamas, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados, and Belize.

The project relies on the financial support of the Government of the United States and is expected to benefit 30 countries of the region through the donation of firearms marking equipment—as well as a computer to facilitate the process of storing marking data—and the necessary training for its use.

A gallery of photos of the event will be available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-740/11