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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 5, 2006


Georgia Hosts Workshop on Small Arms and Light Weapons Controls for International Parliamentarians

The Republic of Georgia will host the "Parliamentary Workshop on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SA/LW) in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Region" in Tbilisi, on June 9-10, 2006, with the support of the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, and the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi.

Parliamentarians from around the world, the United Nations, and the European Commission will discuss successes and continuing challenges within the CIS to implement the 2001 UN Program of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons. Representatives will have the opportunity to address arms brokering and trafficking in the CIS and its neighboring states, and small arms/light weapons stockpile management and destruction.

The United States' record in effectively marking and tracing weapons, controlling defense imports and exports, and managing arms stockpiles is one of the best in the world. The United States also offers its expertise in these areas to other countries, including Georgia.

To learn more about United States actions on this issue, visit the Office of Weapons and Removal and Abatement website at www.state.gov/t/pm/wra and click on the topic "Small Arms/Light Weapons & Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS)."

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Released on June 5, 2006

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