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Alpers, Philip and Conor Twyford. 2003 ‘Papua New Guinea: Importation routes: From Asia into Papua New Guinea.’ Small Arms in the Pacific; Occasional Paper No. 8, pp. 21-22. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 31 March

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The illicit trade in Papua New Guinea appears to be fed to a significant extent by illegal imports, although no official estimates exist…

From Asia into Papua New Guinea: Australian Federal Police have for many years assisted the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) in tracing the origin of small arms detected during criminal investigations. In the vast majority of cases, these guns are traced to countries other than Australia (Keelty, 2000, p. 77).

Firearms produced in illicit factories in the Philippines and ex-military weapons from Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia have all been discovered in Papua New Guinea (Atkinson, 2000, p. 93).

There are a number of coastal entry points for these firearms. Cargo vessels from Asia regularly visit Madang and Lae, on the east coast of the Papua New Guinea mainland. From there, arms are easily moved by road to the Highlands, or to the West Papuan border.

There is some suspicion, but no hard evidence, that Malaysian, Philippine, or Singaporean logging company personnel may also be involved in the illicit arm trade as an aside to their legal operations.

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