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AG/RES. 1881 (XXXII-O/02): Inter-American Convention on Transparency in Conventional Weapons Acquisitions

June 4, 2002


(Resolution adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 4, 2002)


RECALLING the adoption of resolution AG/RES. 1607 (XXIX-O/99) on the Inter-American Convention on Transparency in Conventional Weapons Acquisitions in Guatemala City on June 7, 1999;

TAKING NOTE of resolutions AG/RES. 1749 (XXX-O/00) and AG/RES. 1799 (XXXI-O/01);

CONSIDERING that the Heads of State and Government, at the Second and Third Summits of the Americas (Santiago, 1998, and Quebec City, 2001) pledged to continue promoting transparency in defense and security matters;

REAFFIRMING the Declarations of Santiago and San Salvador on confidence- and security-building measures, which recommended the application, in the manner that is most suitable, of confidence- and security-building measures;

RECOGNIZING that the Convention will enter into force on the thirtieth day following the date of deposit with the General Secretariat of the OAS of the sixth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval, or accession by a member state;

BEARING IN MIND that openness and transparency in the conventional weapons field build mutual confidence, reduce tensions, and strengthen regional and international peace and security; and

NOTING WITH SATISFACTION that the Governments of Canada, Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Uruguay have deposited their instruments of ratification of the above-mentioned Inter-American Convention and that 20 OAS member states have signed the Convention,


1. To reaffirm its commitment to the principles of the Inter-American Convention on Transparency in Conventional Weapons Acquisitions.

2. To urge all states which have not already done so to consider signing, ratifying, or acceding to the Convention.

3. To request the Secretary General to present a report to the Permanent Council, prior to the thirty-third regular session of the General Assembly, on the status of signatures, ratifications, and accessions to the Convention.

4. To request the Secretary General to transmit this resolution to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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