Rwanda: Religious leaders discuss peace initiatives

Fifty religious leaders form the African Great Lakes region met in Kigali (Rwanda) on 23-24 March and pledged to play a leading role in peacebuilding, reconciliation and disarmament. They also expressed concerns about the proliferation of small arms in the region as most countries prepare to go for elections from April 2010. Rwanda's President, Paul Kagame, supported the youth-led Religions for Peace "Arms Down" campaign, which aims to collect 50 million signatures worldwide calling for governments to reduce military expenditure by 10% and stop arms proliferation. During the event a Resource Guide on Small Arms for religious leaders and communities in Africa was launched. It can be downloaded here.
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