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Pézard, Stéphanie and Anne-Kathrin Glatz. 2010 ‘UNPoA Implementation.’ Arms in and Around Mauritania: National and Regional Security Implications; Occasional Paper No. 24, pp. 35-36. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 June
As a member of the UN, Mauritania is a party to the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition. This document supplements the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, which came into force in July 2005.
Mauritania is also bound to implement the PoA, but does not yet have a national commission or any other body capable of drawing up an action plan. In fact, it seems that the Mauritanian authorities are not totally convinced of the need to adopt such a plan.
The only report submitted, in 2005, by Mauritania to the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs on its implementation of the PoA states that the illicit trade in arms 'does not have a major impact in Mauritania.'
The report also asserts that 'at the present time, there is no traffic in small arms, nor any significant proliferation of these arms'.
[PoA = United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects]