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Alpers, Philip and Conor Twyford. 2003 ‘Stockpiles and Trafficking in the Pacific.’ Small Arms in the Pacific; Occasional Paper No. 8, p. 6. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 31 March
The French territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia are also significant regional importers, at least in comparison to the other small Pacific states. In 2000, for example, they imported 86 per cent of all small arms and ammunition destined for countries in the Pacific other than Australia or New Zealand. This may well be due to the presence of French military bases in each of these territories, as well as to the popularity of sport shooting and hunting. France plays a major role in exports to both countries, reflecting its continuing role as a colonial power in the Pacific.
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