Participants of the 19th Pacific Conference on Arms Trade Treaty in Brisbane. (MOJ/Contributed Photo)

Palau had joined in a three-day conference on Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) held in Brisbane, Australia that was participated by Pacific countries on February 27 to March 1.

Special Assistant to the Vice President Keiden Kintol and Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Chief of Staff Earnest Ongidobel represented Palau in a discussion on the status of ATT ratification and implementation among signatory countries.

Sponsored by the governments of Australia and New Zealand, 19th Pacific Conference on Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) brought together key people from Samoa, Tonga, Australia, Kiribati, Philippines, UK, Fiji, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Nauru, PNG, Thailand, Tuvalau, Vanuatu, Switzerland, and the United States who are involved in the works to ratify and implement ATT in their respective countries.

The conference is a follow-up conference to support efforts of the Pacific island countries in ATT implementation and ratification.

During the conference, participants discuss the updates on the processes of the ATT ratification and implementation, identify challenges faced by the countries on its implementation, and tackle solutions that will help the country move forward to its ATT implementation initiative.

ATT aims to regulate the international trade in conventional weapons and it “underlines the need to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and to prevent their diversion to the illicit market, or for unauthorized end use or end users, including in the commission of terrorist acts.” (Rhealyn C. Pojas)