June 5, 2000


(Resolution adopted at the first plenary session, held on June 5, 2000)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

RECALLING its resolution AG/RES. 1 (XXIV-E/97), in which it resolved to adopt and open for

signature the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials;

RECALLING ALSO its resolution AG/RES. 1621 (XXIX-O/99);

WELCOMING the signature of the Convention by a majority of the member states of the Organization of American States and its entry into force on July 1, 1998;

STRESSING the urgent need for all states to take the appropriate measures and to cooperate with one another to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials, because of the harmful effects of these activities on the security of each state and the region as a whole, since they jeopardize the well-being of peoples, their social and economic development, and their right to live in peace;

UNDERSCORING:

The significance of the fact that the Convention has been taken as a model for negotiation of a protocol to combat the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, their parts and components, and ammunition in the context of the negotiation of a convention against organized transnational crime under the auspices of the United Nations; and

The importance of the Convention's earliest possible entry into force in each of the member states of the Organization of American States; and taking note, in this context, of the report of the Secretary General (CP/doc.3296/00), presented in accordance with resolution AG/RES. 1621 (XXIX-O/99); and

EXPRESSING ITS SATISFACTION at the deposit, on November 9, 1999, of the 10th instrument of ratification, which, under Article XXI of the Convention, enabled the Consultative Committee to be installed and to hold its first regular meeting, at OAS headquarters, on March 9 and 10, 2000,

RESOLVES:

1. To urge all member states that have not already done so to sign and ratify the Convention, as appropriate.

2. To note with satisfaction the work program (CIFTA/CC/doc.2/00 rev. 1) adopted by the Consultative Committee at its first regular meeting, and to express its support for the work of the Secretary pro tempore.

3. To request the General Secretariat to continue to provide, within the resources allocated in the program-budget and other resources, the administrative and secretariat support required by the Consultative Committee for the performance of its functions and to take the necessary steps to that end, in accordance with resolution AG/RES. 1645 (XXIX-O/99) and the agreement reached in that regard among the members of the Consultative Committee.

4. Further, to request the Secretary General to present a report to the General Assembly, at its thirty-first regular session, on the status of signatures and ratifications of the Convention.