Citation(s) from the Gun Policy News media archive
Illicit Small Arms Trade in Region Aggravates RI Conflicts: Analyst
15 August 2003
Analyst from Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Philip J. Vermonte said on Thursday that arms procured illegally from the region's hot spots had changed the balance of power among conflicting groups in Indonesia.
"The Free Aceh Movement, which allegedly gets their firearms from sources in Thailand and the Northern Philippines, has enough capabilities to challenge the Indonesian Military. The same is true for conflicting groups in sectarian clashes in Poso, Central Sulawesi, and Ambon, Maluku," he told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of a seminar on small arms trafficking and security.
He said the sprawling geographic characteristic of the region and porous borders among Southeast Asian countries accounted for easy entrance of smuggled firearms originating from Cambodia, Thailand and the Northern Philippines.