ISACS informs Central African strategy to counter terrorism and arms trafficking

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BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI — Senior customs, immigration and border officials from 10 Central African States* gathered in Burundi’s capital on April 22-24 to take a step towards developing an integrated strategy to counter terrorism and arms trafficking in Central Africa.  

The workshop on “Border Controls and Small Arms & Light Weapons” was convened jointly by the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) and the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA).  

Participants were briefed on the utility of ISACS in helping to put in place effective controls over small arms and light weapons, and in particular on its Module 05.60, which provides practicual guidance on “Border Controls & Law Enforcement Cooperation” in the context of preventing illicit cross-border movements of arms.  

The workshop produced an outcome document containing a range of measures and tools, including ISACS, that Central African States can use to counter terrorism and arms trafficking.  The outcome of the workshop will be elaborated into an integrated strategy for the Central African region.  

* Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Rwanda, Sao Tomé & Principe and Chad