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    MOSCOW COUNTS ON UN TO SET BARRIER TO ILLEGAL TRADE OF SMALL ARMS

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    MOSCOW, January 21, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Dmitry Panovkin) - Moscow gradually speaks for the increase of the UN coordinating role in the solution of the issue concerning the illegal trade of small arm-fire.

    This was disclosed by Deputy of the Permanent Russian Representative in the UN Aleksander Konuzin, speaking on this issue at the UN Security Council session, the Russian Foreign Ministry Department of Information and Press reported.

    "A number of important measures had been taken in the course of the last year, which showed that the international society had the necessary potential for the fight against the illegal turnover of this type of weapons," the Russian diplomat noted.

    He reminded, that in accordance with the proper resolution of the UN General Assembly 58/241 as of December 23, 2003 this year the open working group would start the work on the international document, enabling the countries to discover and to track in proper time the turnover of the small arm-fire.

    "We hope that the formation of such all-embracing mechanism of control will set a serious barrier to the illegal trade of small arm-fire in the whole world. We are confident that the main work in this direction should be continued within the limits of the set frames," Konuzin said.

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