KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
The 45th meeting of the United Nations
Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa
(UNSAC) opened in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Tuesday with a call
for fresh impetus against proliferation of illicit arms to address
Experts’ meeting started on Tuesday which will be followed by
foreign ministers’ meeting on Friday.
Top issues on the agenda are the political situation in Central
Africa and a review of disarmament and arms limitation program in
Speaking at the opening, the Permanent Secretary in Rwandan foreign
ministry Claude Nikobisanzwe cited current situation in the Central
African Republic (CAR), and terrorism menace by Nigeria’s militant
group Boko Haram among the security challenges.
“States have to pursue their ongoing efforts against the
proliferation of illicit arms,” he said. Without peace and security
it will be impossible to realize the aspirations of our populations,
Anne Chantal Nama, the outgoing chairperson of 45th
meeting of experts of the committee, mentioned the need for holistic
approach to address the region’s security challenges.
Effective implementation of a regional strategy against terrorism
and the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons is
vital step, she said.
Foreign ministers, experts and observers from regional and
international organizations from the 11 member countries of the
committee will attend the meeting.
The UNSAC, which consists of the countries including Democratic
Republic of the Congo, Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African
Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon,
Rwanda, and Sao Tome and Principe, meets twice a year at to discuss
disarmament, terrorism, armed conflicts, piracy and other issues in