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Friday, October 25, 2013

‘Voluntary Surrender Of Firearms:’ U.N: Panel Wants To Disarm Every Civilian On The Planet -- PatDollard.com, Examiner

Excerpted from EXAMINER: One month after Secretary of State John Kerry signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty and just a few days after 50 U.S. senators said they will not ratify the agreement, a curious “high level panel” on Argentina’s national program for the voluntary surrender of firearms is scheduled this Thursday in a U.N. conference room in New York, Examiner learned today.

Apparently hosted by Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval, permanent representative of Argentina to the U.N., according to the invitation obtained by this column, the gathering was described as a “side event” scheduled during the daily lunch break, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

Last year, according to the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime, Argentina authorities destroyed nearly 11,000 firearms that had been voluntarily turned in. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner, now recovering from serious surgery, spoke last month at the U.N.

During this Thursday’s event, presentations will be made by Dr. Julio Alak, minister of justice and human rights of Argentina; Angela Kane, high representative of the Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs; Matias Molle4, director of the National Register of Arms of Argentina; Dr. Ernesto Kreplak, under-secretary for Coordination and Control of Registral Management of Argentina; Melanie Regimbal, director of the Regional Centre of the U.N. for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America, and Daniel Prins, director of the Conventional Arms Branch of ODA (Office of Disarmament Affairs).

Dr. Alak was quoted last year when news agencies reported the gun destruction. He told reporters that “we have now reached the figure of 160,531 firearms taken out of circulation.” He said at the time that civilian disarmament “is a priority goal for the national state because it is a tool for reducing the level of violence in society.” Alak’s appearance on Thursday has yet to be confirmed, according to the invitation.

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