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Alpers, Philip. 2005 ‘Internal Theft: The Major Source of Illicit Guns: Thefts from the military.’ Gun-running in Papua New Guinea: From arrows to assault weapons in the Southern Highlands; Special Report No. 5, pp. 51-53. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 July

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It became clear that as far back as 1994, PNG defence officials had been aware of a serious problem with weapons theft. Leaked internal documents reported 'non-enforcement of weapon accountability' and 'a booming black marketing of PNGDF weapons'. At least 42 high-powered military weapons had gone missing from defence force armouries since 1991 (National, 1999).

In November 1996, after a bloody shootout between police and criminals using PNGDF-issue M16s and a grenade launcher, Defence Minister Mathias Ijape demanded a full small arms stock-take from the PNGDF within a fortnight (Weekend Australian, 1996). None eventuated.

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