Catholic World News News Feature
Vatican official urges more efforts to curb arms traffic July 09, 2003
At a UN discussion of efforts to curb illegal arms traffic, the Vatican representative asked governments to help reduce both supply and demand for such weapons.
Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the permanent observer for the Holy See at the UN, spoke at a conference on implementation of a 2001 agreeement to curtail unauthorized sales of small-caliber firearms by increasing the accountability of manufacturers and retailers, and monitoring the destruction of surplus weapons. He urged governments to curtail the arms traffic, and to "educational and awareness activities aimed at promoting a culture of peace and of life."