Khartoum – Presidential Aide, Maj. Gen. Abdul Rahman Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi has emphasized the importance of completing
the organizational structure of the Sub-Regional Arms Control Mechanism (SARCOM), considering it as one of the regional mechanisms to control the spread of weapons.
He reiterated, while addressing g the second ministerial conference of the Sub-Regional Arms Control Mechanism (SARCOM) which took placed in Corinthia Hotel with the participation of each of Central African Republic, Libya. Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad and South Sudan along with experts from regional and international organizations, Sudan commitment to the international and regional conventions, besides Geneva Declaration, Nairobi Declaration, and Kinshasa Agreement to stop the spread of this phenomena.
He pointed out that the spread of weapons is a threat to security, stability and environment, adding that the existence of weapons in the hands of citizens lead the escalation of conflicts.
Al-Mahdi affirmed Sudan keenness to cooperate and coordinate in controlling the spread of small arms and light weapons, affirming that Khartoum hosting the mechanism aims at achieving the goals of the member states to make the region free of the spread of small arms and light weapons.
For his part The executive Secretary of Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) considered the trading on light arms is one of the security threats, calling for close coordination to curb this phenomena to achieve security and stability.
Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. (Police) Hamid Mannan called on eastern Sudan neighbouring countries i.e. Eritrea, Ethiopia and Egypt to join the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) for more control and curbing the phenomena.
He affirmed Sudan commitment to Khartoum Protocol of small and light arms, besides the national, regional and international efforts in curbing the negative forces, terrorism, human trafficking and extremism.