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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Nations Urged to Create Gun-Free Zones

[b]Nations Urged to Create Gun-Free Zones[/b]

by Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

[b]United Nations 19 January, (IPS):[/b] The widespread proliferation of small arms and light weapons can be curbed more effectively by reducing demand than by merely cutting off supplies, according to a new report on arms control released here.

"Unless the motivations and means for gun acquisition are understood, arms reduction interventions will fail," warns the 68-page study titled "Demanding Attention: Addressing the Dynamics of Small Arms Demand".

"Demand reduction must be taken more seriously than has hitherto been the case," the report says, pointing out that arms control programmes designed to reduce violence should adopt a demand perspective.

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