The government has been challenged to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) if it is to move together with its neighbours on defence and security issues.
Peoples Federation for National Peace and Development (Pefenap) was commenting on the just-ended 14th session of Malawi-Zambia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security held in Blantyre from Monday to Wednesday.
Pefenap Executive Director, Edward Chaka, said such sessions cannot yield anything unless Malawi ratifies the Treaty.
“Malawi cannot succeed with the joint security deal with other countries unless it ratifies the Arms Trade Treaty. Pefenap pressed Malawian Government in 2008 to sign in support of the ATT which they did. Now its high time Malawi goes ahead and ratify the treaty,” he said.
During the meeting, heads of security agents in Malawi and Zambia agreed to work together in tackling in tackling cross- border car thefts, drug and human trafficking poaching, illegal migration, illegal mining and increasing threat of terrorism.
The treaty aims to reduce human suffering through regulation of international trade in conventional arms.
Secretary for Defence, Bright Kumwembe, who co-chaired the opening of the session with Secretary for Home Affairs in Zambia, Chileshe Mulenga, referred The Daily Times to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs saying they handle ratification of international treaties.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary, Ben Botolo, said Malawi will take its position on the matter after a meeting which is expected to take place in Namibia soon.
“There is a meeting coming soon in Namibia on the same and we will see what happens after that,” he said.
The treaty was entered in force in 2014.