|Vatican||HOLY SEE CALLS FOR END OF TRADE IN LIGHT ARMS|
In an address in New York on Friday, Vatican nuncio to the United Nations Archbishop Renato R. Martino, urged countries around the world to 'stop the trafficking in weapons, licit and illicit'.|
"The widespread availability of small arms and light weapons contributes toward intensifying conflicts by increasing the lethality and duration of violence," the Archbishop said while noting that the number of wars worldwide had increased to 40 last year.
"These conflicts, fed by arms dealers with a rapacious appetite for money, are a scandal of modern civilisation," he declared. "It is an even greater shame that many small arms are readily obtainable by children who are enslaved into being combatants and porters by warring factions."
While praising international efforts to reduce anti-personnel landmines, as well as the proliferation of nuclear weapons, Archbishop Martino said the Vatican supported a conference on the trade in "small arms and light weapons" planned for next year.
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|12 Oct 00|