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22 October 2006

Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) / AAP

Labor today urged concerted action to tackle the rising problem of small arms in Pacific nations, saying their presence significantly contributed to regional instability. Opposition overseas aid and Pacific island affairs spokesman Bob Sercombe said there were an estimated 120,000 illegal small arms and light weapons in Pacific island nations. Mr Sercombe said such weapons facilitated the 2000 coup in Fiji and contributed to fighting in Bougainville and the Solomons... (

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